ERNEST COBINE OCTOBER 16, 1922-DECEMBER 28, 2013 Ernie was born in Alton, Illinois to Ernest and Nellie (Nana) Cobine. He passed away peacefully in Eureka, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Louada. He is survived by his children, Robert and Carole Koehne, Mike and Nancy Cobine and Stephen and Kim Cobine. Grandchildren: Lisa and Mike Gibbon, Rob and Celena Koehne, Stacy and Sarah Cobine, Brian and Amanda Cobine, Scout Stallworth and Kendall Cobine. Great grandchildren: Gunnar and Connar Gibbon, Sonja and Allexandra Clark, Kimber Stallworth, and one great-great grandson, Orion Wollman. Ernie endured a life of hardship as a young man having grown up during the Great Depression. After graduating from high school, he entered into the service of the United States Marine Corp. A shipboard accident prevented him from seeing combat in the South Pacific and he spent nearly a year recovering in San Diego, Ca. After his discharge from the service, he returned to Illinois and found employment at the Western Cartridge Company where he also found his bride to be, Louada Reed. After experiencing the temperate climate of California, the young couple made their home in Los Angeles and Ernie began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department serving under both Chief W.H. Parker and later Chief D. Gates. Ernie and Louada enjoyed all that the Los Angeles area offered. Summer beach holidays at Refugio Beach were among their favorite memories. They explored the National Parks and made many cross country trips back to Illinois. In the early 1950s they traveled north to see the Oregon coast but didn't make it past the Klamath River. This began another era of favorite vacation spots with the annual fishing trip to the mouth of the Klamath River in Northern California for salmon and entertainment. In 1965, Ernie retired from the LAPD and moved the family to Eureka. Having received his teaching credential while attending night school at UCLA, Los Angeles, majoring in math, he joined the teaching staff of Eureka High School. He was a popular teacher and class advisor to many students. Many students remember him to this day. Ernie always said "he put on six shows a day" and people who know him will remember that. Ernie also participated in many civic clubs in the area. He was elected to the City Council of Eureka in the early 1980s. One of his most personal accomplishments was the restoration of 2nd Street and Old Town (Known as the North of 4th) and the development of the Woodley Island Marina. Ernie and Louada enjoyed retirement. They traveled to Hawaii, Washington DC and Canada in addition to spending summers fishing at the Klamath. They even toured the west coast on their motorcycle in their 70s. Ernie was an excellent woodworker and had the shortened forefinger to prove it! In his final days, he still spoke of the many memories created at their home on 14th and I Streets. Especially all the Eureka High Staff gatherings in the attic. Those were some good times! We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to Dolly Frye and her wonderful staff for the care they provided to Ernie over the past few years AT Frye's Care Home. We also thank Hospice of Humboldt for their assistance during these past few months. Per Ernie's wishes, no services will be held. The family will gather in the spring to combine and spread Ernie and Louada's ashes at their preferred location. If you wish to make a donation in Ernie's honor, please consider Hospice of Humboldt. You lived a long, good life Dad. We will remember you fondly and thank you for the lessons you have given us over the years. May you rest in peace and be in Heaven an hour before the Devil knows you're dead. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.comand click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2014