Ernest (Ernie) Clay
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June 25, 1941 - January 27, 2013
SALEM - Ernest Edward (Ernie) Clay was born in Duncan, Oklahoma on June 25, 1941 to Floyd and Mildred Clay. He graduated from McMinnville High School in 1959. After graduation, Ernie trained for four years in the local union trade school focusing on sheet metal fabrication, subsequently working in both Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 16 and 66. Ernie especially loved the later part of his career working for PSF Mechanical where he worked all over the United States, travelling with his devoted wife and having many great adventures.
Ernie was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. His favorite days were spent on the river, many of them with his youngest children who shared his love for fishing. He also enjoyed playing Acoustic and Electric guitar.
Ernie was married to his best friend Teri Clay for almost 40 years. Between Ernie's' and Teri's they had 6 children total, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Ernie is also survived by his younger sister, Linda McMillan.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the family home on February 16, 2013 from Noon to 4 pm. Please contact 503.779.9233 for more details. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97301
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 10, 2013