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Ernal (Ernie) Galbraith was born August 14, 1917, in Blanding, Utah, to Edmund and Wilma Galbraith. He has returned to his Heavenly Father, June 2, 2014. Ernie was raised on a small farm surrounded by extended family. Ernie had three brothers and three sisters. He left Blanding with a quarter in his pocket to attend Utah State University. He graduated in 1940 with Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry, then completed a Master's degree at Kansas State in 1942. While attending USU, he met his soulmate, Jeneve Creer. They were married March 13, 1942, in the Salt Lake City Latter-day Saints Temple. Ernie had a love of service to family and society, reading, wood working and spending time in his garden. He was a good "handy man" who survived the depression and he had the instinct of survival. His experiences and trials from the depression were lessons that he never would forget and was the foundation for his service and work ethics that he passed to his children.
Ernie moved to Richland in 1943. He was the 17th member of the analytical chemistry department to arrive at Hanford. The family laughs because at that time, Dad told Mom ..."don't bring much; we will not be here long." Ernie resided in the family home of 50+ years right up until he passed. Ernal is survived by his children Kirk (Pat), Reed (DeeAnna), John and Mary Ann (Rocky), 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and his sister Ilene.
We are so grateful to family and friends that have surrounded him with love. For those who have cared for him at hospital and most recently the gentle care rendered by those at the Hospice at the Chaplaincy.
A viewing will be held June 6, 2014, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Einan's Funeral Home, Highway 240 and Swift Blvd., Richland. A funeral will be held June, 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jadwin LDS Chapel, 1321 Jadwin Avenue, Richland. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 bypass highway, Richland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ernal's name to "Hospice at The Chaplaincy," 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on June 5, 2014
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915 By-Pass Highway Richland, WA 99352