Ernest McKinley

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August 21, 1924 - October 21, 2013

Ernie was born in Somerville, MA, but moved to the Southern California area when he was two years old.

After graduating from Verdugo Hills High in 1943 he joined the Navy and served in Pearl Harbor, repairing submarines. After the war he returned to his hometown of Roscoe, where he found his wife. Betty Lou Surmon and he were married for 66 years. Like his father, Ernie made his living repairing shoes. For nearly 50 years he operated his own shop in North Hollywood. Ernie was also usher at the Sepulveda United Methodist Church over 50 years.

Ernie leaves his wife, Betty Lou; two daughters, Patty Griffiths and Maryel McKinley; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews. All siblings are deceased, Warren, Edith Steele and Mildred Kennedy.

Services are pending.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Oct. 24, 2013
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