May 29, 1923 – June 17, 2012
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Ernest was born in Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents, Martha and August Jansch, the youngest of six children. He served as the school photographer and graduated from Souderton High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in the 328th Infantry Company, 26th Infantry Division, the Yankee Div in General Patton's 3rd Army. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent in 1945. His honors include: two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, Army Good Conduct, American Defense, American Campaign, E.T.O Campaign – four battle stars, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, World War II Battle of the Bulge, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Belgras Croix De Guerre Medal. He went to college on the GI Bill to become an electronics engineer. He worked on some of the first computers, receiving several patents for his work on the bank checks' magnetic ink technology. During the 1960s he was employed at Burroughs Corp. working on the Mercury program guidance computer.
Ernie enjoyed nature, flowers, fishing, family, and writing poetry. He was married to Elizabeth Rathgeber until 1973. They had three daughters: Margaret, Nancy and Barbara. He married Martha Milburne in 1985 and spent the rest of his life with her. He also enjoyed an Honor Flight for World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. in 2011.
He died surrounded by his loving family in Raleigh from complications from pneumonia. He is preceded in death by his wife, Martha; his parents; brother, Paul, sisters, Gertrude, Elsie and Helen; and daughter, Barbara. He is survived by his sister, Martha Magargal, of Pennsylvania; daughters Margaret Rogers of Montana; and Nancy Wills of North Carolina; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Cremation and memorial services have taken place in Raleigh, N.C. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 24, 2012