PORT ALLEGANY - Lester E. "Pete" Ernst, 71, of Port Allegany, died Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014) in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
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He was born Feb. 10, 1942, in Sartwell Creek, a son of Frank and Geraldine Baum Ernst. On June 22, 1963, in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church of Port Allegany, he married Elaine S. Painter, who survives.
Pete was a 1960 graduate of Port Allegany High School and worked for the former Pierce Glass plant, now Verallia, in Port Allegany in the mold shop. He then went on to work as a self-employed machinist at his home. He also owned and operated Pine View Driving Range for more than 20 years.
He was a life member of the National FFA Alumni Association, a long-time member of local pool shooting leagues in Port Allegany, was an avid golfer and outdoorsman, and he especially enjoyed tending to his goats.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Mark (Doni) Ernst of Ellicott City, Md., and Shawn (Dawn) Ernst and Christopher (Abbey) Ernst, all of Port Allegany; five grandchildren, Melissa, Joshua, Michael, Kaylee and Andrew Ernst; one brother, Francis "Dee" (Barbara) Ernst of Sartwell Creek; a sister-in-law, Nancy Burrows of Port Allegany; two aunts, Opal Moshier of Port Allegany and Jane Haskins of Coudersport; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Ernst.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sartwell Creek Union Church with the Rev. LaVerne Howard, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sartwell Creek Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Port Allegany Ambulance Service; Patterson Cancer Center of Coudersport; Potter County Hospice; or a
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
105 North Main Street Port Allegany, PA 16743
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20, 2014