Ernest Glen "Ernie" STAPLES (03/22/1939 - 07/15/2014)

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STAPLES, Ernest Glen "Ernie" Was called to Heaven on July 18, 2014. He went peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was born to Ross and Elva Staples on March 22, 1939 in Tooele, Utah and graduated from Tooele High School in 1957 before enlisting in the United States Navy where he honorably served his country for 31 years as a member of the United States Navy Silent Service. During his service, he made time to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Business from Florida Southern University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Ernie married Karen Cushing on January 19, 1963 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They were blessed with four children. Kevin (spouse Carolyn), Jana (spouse, Brad), Cindy (spouse, Rob), and Laura, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In his retirement he enjoyed mastering the art of fly fishing, tending to his home and yard, spending time with his children, grandchildren and close friends, and looking over the property with his faithful dog Maggie. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sisters Ann and Dorothy. He is survived by his sister, Judy. He was a hero to his family and country. His moral compass shaped our lives and taught us pride, respect and honor. He will forever be loved and remembered. We miss him deeply. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. Please include a notation that your donation is for mesothelioma patients or their families in memory of Ernest Staples. A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00pm at Bell Tower Funeral Home, 3398 E. Jenalan Ave., Post Falls, ID. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Washington Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake, WA. BELL TOWER FUNERAL HOME of Post Falls, ID has been entrusted with arrangements and you may view his online memorial at

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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 23, 2014
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