Larry R. Ernsberger
1944 - 2020
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Larry R. Ernsberger

Sept. 23, 1944 - June 16, 2020

SOUTH BEND, IN - Larry R. Ernsberger was born on September 23, 1944 in Mishawaka, IN and departed this world on June 16, 2020; he was 75. Larry dedicated his life to the protection of the South Bend community. He began his professional career as a fireman in 1968. In 1971, Larry joined the South Bend Police Department where he served with distinction for nearly 27 years, retiring as a detective in 1997. While a police officer, he held several other law enforcement and police security positions, including Memorial Hospital Police. After retirement, he stayed on at Memorial until he was hired by the St. Joseph County Jail as a jailer. He continued to serve in that capacity until 2015 when he finally retired, having provided over 40 years of community service. In 2018, Larry moved to Marion, Montana, where he lived the rest of his life.

As well as being an exceptional provider for his family, Larry enjoyed many hobbies. He was a remarkable woodworker, creating intricate furniture and wood crafts. Larry had a zeal for leather tooling and was a skilled photographer. He had a passion for technology; among many various projects, he worked from 1991-1995 building computers for South Bend Drafting. As a young man, he enjoyed athletics and the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Richard A. and Mary I. Ernsberger, his sister, Sandra Sue Ernsberger, and his son, Edward Jason Ernsberger. He is survived by his two brothers, Terry A. (Carol) Ernsberger and Ronny S. (Chelsea) Ernsberger. A loving father, he leaves behind three children: Brad R. (Barbara) Ernsberger, Scott A. (Jocelyn) Ernsberger, and Nicole M. Staton. Additionally, “Papa” leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, of whom he was incredibly proud.

Services and final disposition are pending.


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Published in South Bend Tribune from Jun. 19 to Jun. 21, 2020.
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June 21, 2020
We went to Rookie school together back in 1971 at the SBPD academy!
David Hamilton
Classmate
June 20, 2020
It is sad to hear of Mr Ernsberger's death. I grew up in his house on the South side since I was over there so much with Scott and Brad as two of my best friends. Rest in peace
Greg De Rue
Friend
June 20, 2020
Larry is a great guy. I enjoyed working with him and hearing about when he was with SBPD. I could always count on a good story and good laugh with him.
Jeff Thurston
Coworker
June 19, 2020
My condolences go out to his family. He was a great guy and I have some great memories from working with him. He will be missed.
Ryan rager
Coworker
June 19, 2020
Rest in peace Larry. You were a great guy who always, always had people's backs. I am proud to have not only known, but worked with you. My prayers are to you and your family and I am so happy that you made it to Montana. Thank you for your service to the community. Thank you for your insight. You were a great man that I will miss and this world will miss.
Nathan Thimons
Friend
June 19, 2020
I always enjoyed working with him at the Jail! Ernsburger always told it how it was even if people didnt want to hear it! He will be Missed!
Lance Jerome Kowalski
Coworker
June 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. I always enjoy working with him
From
M Springmeyer and family
Maureen Springmeyer
Coworker
June 19, 2020
Larry was a fantastic person to work with at the County Jail. I had the chance to work along side of him several times. He was a good officer, mentor, and friend. The best memory I had with him was his training on working in the Master Control section. Maureen and I will miss him.
Adam Springmeyer
Coworker
June 19, 2020
Joe and I would like to send our condolences to your family. May God bless you and give you peace in this difficult time
Joe and Jodi Pairitz
Acquaintance
June 19, 2020
Have known Larry most of my life. Thank you for your service and my condolences to his family and friends.
Michael C Walsh
Friend
June 19, 2020
Larry and his brother Terry and I were friends when we were in grade school at the new Edison school. I have many happy memories of us growing up together. He will be missed, so sorry.
Bill Talcott
Friend
June 19, 2020
Thank you for your years of service as a public defender. Together with St. Michael may you watch over your brothers and sisters in Blue .
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