After 6 months of illness, Ernie passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2013. He was born at St. Francis Hospital on January 6, 1924, to Bernard and Adele Magennis. He attended Montecito Union School, and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1942. Ernie joined the Army Air Force on the one-year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1942. He served with the 312th Bomber Group and received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he continued his work as a mechanic at A.M. Walker Garage in Montecito, where he had worked during High School. Shortly thereafter he got a job he loved as a delivery driver for Jordano's Wholesale, where he worked for over 30 years before retiring.
All who knew Ernie knew of his passion for cars, sports and animals - in particular dogs. In the later years of his life the many dogs in his neighborhood all knew him and looked for him on his regular walks. He also enjoyed camping with his family in the Sierras, Montana, and Washington state.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife Elsie, to whom he was married for over 65 years. His sons, Edward and Steve, his grandchildren, Khallie and Ryan, and his great-granddaughter Jaylin are all grateful for the love and blessings he brought into their lives. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Adele Magennis, brother, Bernard Magennis, sister, Gladys Skill, and twin brother baby John Magennis.
Viewing hours will be from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 E. Sola St. Funeral services will be at San Roque Church on Friday, August 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at San Roque Parish.