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Kenneth W. (Ken) Ernest

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Kenneth W. (Ken) Ernest Obituary
Ernest, Kenneth (Ken) W.

Age 81, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 18, 2014. The Lord knew Ken's heart could not handle all of the post surgical stress and called him home. Ken was born on February 13, 1934, the son of the late Oscar S. and Jennie (Houser) Ernest. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn (Kay) of 21 years; stepdaughter, Judy Alvas; stepsons, Terry and Mickey Couse; sister, Flora (John) Newton; several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers, Lawrence, James and Robert Ernest and sister, Betty Brown. Ken was a devoted longtime member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church and served over 60 years in the Southport Volunteer Fire Department. He also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and Brand Park. Ken retired after 39 years at Schweizer Aircraft. He served honorably in the U.S. Army as a Master Tank Gunner. Family and friends will gather at the New Beginings United Methodist Church, 300 East Miller St., Elmira, NY to celebrate Ken's life Friday, August 22, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. A Memorial Service honoring Ken's life will follow the visitation. Pastor Leanne Zeck will officiate. If you wish, you may remember Ken with a memorial gift to his church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY. Ken's guestbook may be signed in obituaries at www.olthof.com.

Published in Star-Gazette from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, 2014
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