10201 South Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465
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John J. Ernst WWII Army Veteran. Age 96. Beloved husband of the late Grace, nee Williamson; loving brother of Dorothy (late David) Zimmerman, late Albert (late Geraldine) Ernst and the late Marie Stockinger; dearly loved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. John Ernst was an infantry rifleman and served in the 508th paratroop unit of the 82nd Airborne Division. He performed two combat jumps and was wounded four times in combat. He fought in Holland, Belgium and Germany and participated in the D-Day Invasion. His last campaign was the Battle of Ardennes the outcome of which shortened the war thus saving many lives. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for operations in the European theatre, four purple hearts and three bronze stars for combat valor. The family is especially grateful to the outstanding staff at Hines ECC-1C for the care provided during the past six years. John was a member of D.A.V Chicago Post#2, V.F.W. Post# 6863, American Legion Post #991 and retired Teamster Local 710. Visitation Monday, 3 to 9 p.m. at Hills Funeral Home, Ltd. 10201 S. Roberts Rd. (8000W.) Palos Hills. Funeral Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. chapel service at the funeral home. Entombment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Info. 708-598-5880
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 21, 2010
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