Ernest "Ernie" Bazzle passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his devoted family: His loving wife of 62 years, Lillian Roncaglione Bazzle, and the joy of his life, his son Larry Edward Bazzle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Laura Cooper Bazzle and Preston Bazzle; his brother, Hansel Bazzle; and his two sisters, Helen Bazzle Barton and Carma Bazzle Wildsen.
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Ernie was born and grew up in Elkins, West Virginia, and was recognized repeatedly for his athletic achievements while attending school there. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davis & Elkins College and then went on to get his Ph.D. at Ohio State University.
Following the outbreak of World War II, Ernie enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he started serving on a minesweeper, patrolling the Atlantic coast from Hampton Roads to New York. He was later moved to the minesweeper YMS408, where he served as a Boatswain's Mate 2/C. He took part in the invasion of Leyte Gulf and was wounded in action during the invasion of Okinawa. He left the Navy with an Honorable Discharge in 1946 with various medals and ribbons, including Good Conduct. After his discharge, Ernie accepted a job with the VA State Health Department in Richmond and worked with them until his retirement.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Funeral services and interment were held on Saturday, September 7, at the Nelsen Chapel and Williamsburg Memorial Park, as noted in the Daily Press. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Sept. 12 to Sept. 18, 2013