May 23, 1930 - March 22, 2013
Lieutenant Commander Ernest George Barrieau U.S.N., retired, 82, of Dixon, passed away on March 22, peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, and a proud American.
""Chic"" was born in Crosby, WA on May 23, 1930. He enlisted in the United States Navy
in Feb. 1947. He served with the World War II
occupation forces. He also served in the Korean War
, numerous police actions, and the Vietnam War
. During his 29 years of service, he served with distinction and honor, well-known as a ""Mustang Officer,"" quickly advancing through the enlisted ranks to a Master Chief, and then promoted to the Officer ranks, ultimately achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. His service awards included the Navy Commendation medal with combat distinguished service (two awards), Navy United Commendation Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct medal (fourth award), Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Japanese Occupation medal, China Service medal, National Defense Service medal (second award), Korean Service medal (fifth award), Vienamese Campaign (three stars), Vietnamese Service medal, Vietnamese Gallantry medal and the Korean PUC with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Chic was the Seventh Fleet's Commanding Communication's Officer during the Vietnam War. During the last tour of duty, he was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Communications Station in Dixon, Calif.
After retiring from the Navy, Chic enjoyed being an active citizen of Dixon, as well as traveling. He owned and operated a honey bee farm and a worm ranch, was President of the Quarterback Club for Dixon High School, served as the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Dixon, and he coached numerous youth sports teams. Chic loved the outdoors. For 16 years he had fun entertaining family and friends at his beautiful rustic beachfront property in Baja, Calif. Mexico, where deep sea fishing was a daily activity. He also enjoyed many family vacations, house boating on Lake Shasta, dabbling in the stock market, hunting, fishing, camping, boating and family events, including many special BBQs where he served as the host extraordinaire.
Chic was married to Delorese ""Dee"" Ivers on Dec. 29, 1951; they were married 61 years. He is survived by the love of his life, Dee; son, Ernest George Barrieau II and his wife, Freida of San Jose; daughter, Cheri Barrieau Fike, and her husband, Ron Fike of Vacaville; son, Tom Barrieau, and his wife, Chan of Eagle, Idaho; sisters, Beryle Woodard and Ivy Miller of Bremerton, WA; sister-in-law, Claudia Barrieau of Poulsbo, WA; 10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Omar Barrieau and Ethel Grewell; brothers, Jack Meanear, Thomas Barrieau, Jim Barrieau; sisters, Lily Belmont and Ivedel Barrieau.
Chic touched the lives of so many, and he will forever be sincerely missed. On behalf of his family: ""Commander, with a glass in hand, we toast you, with love, thanks and appreciation for always being there for us and for your country. We salute you!""
A visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m., and the funeral service will commence at 12:30 pm., Wednesday, April 3, at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville CA 95688. A Military Honors Service will take place at 2 p.m., at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Midway Road, Dixon, Calif