Ernie Stautner
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VAIL, Colo. Ernie Stautner, age 80, of Vail, formerly of Dallas, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2006 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ernie was born April 20, 1925 in Germany to Joseph and Hedwig Streck Stautner. He and his family migrated to Albany, N.Y. when he was three years old. After serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, he enrolled at Boston College where he was a four-year starter and captured All-New England and All Catholic honors as a powerful two-way tackle. In the 1950 NFL draft, he was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round. Ernie played his entire 14-year career with the Steelers and was elected to the Pro Bowl nine times. A highly-regarded coach and defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys (1966-1988), he played a major role in that team's two Super Bowl Championships. He also served on the coaching staffs of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, head coach for the Dallas Texans Arena League and the World Champion Frankfurt Galaxy NFL Europe. In 1969, his first year of eligibility, Ernie was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. In 1973, he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame. Ernie is survived by his wife, Jill. Also surviving are his children, Teresa Stautner, Carol Stautner-Hinds, Greg Hinds, J.J. Stautner-Gora, Anthony Gora, Jordan Stautner and Emily Stautner; his sister, Hedwig Hoffman; and by his grandchildren, Zachary, Danielle, Alex, Jodie, Joseph and Rachel. He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Robert Stautner, in 2001 and his brother, Joseph Stautner. A visitation will be held Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville, Texas, (972-436-4581). Funeral Mass will be held Monday, February 20, 1 p.m. at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewisville. Private graveside service will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlette. Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 17, 2006.
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June 2, 2006
This is a late entry, although I was alerted the day Ernie died. My association with Ernie began with his appearance at a Vincentian football banquet in '56 and continued at family picnics at his home in East Greenbush while I was dating his first cousin, Diane Streck.
He was always a complete gentleman. He is remembered weekly in my mass intentions.
Peter Shields
March 12, 2006
We knew Ernie back in the '70's, sold him a VW from our dealership in Richardson....Great guy, enjoyed ten years of friendship in Dallas. Ernie is remembered fondly, RIP Ern! See you on the other side.
Sympathy to Jill and family,
Bobbie Short
Formerly of North Dallas
Bobbie Short
February 25, 2006
I met Ernie in 1979 when I was trying to make the Dallas Cowboys. Although I was there for a short period through camp, I found that Ernie was a real genuine personality. He once told me I reminded him of Walt Garrison which I will always take as a great compliment. May God bless his family at this difficult time, and always celebrate his life as he was truly a great man, and a big reason why Dallas had the success they did at the time. God Bless

Jon Lazar
Jon Lazar
February 24, 2006
Uncle Ernie, Justin and I love you so much! So glad we got to see you and hug you when you came to visit my parents! Now you are in a better place, together with my father who has also left us. Love to you forever, Juliet
Juliet Stautner
February 20, 2006
I have been a fan of the Cowboys and and their coaches like Tom and Ernie for many years. They have given me many hours of great times. I had a lot of respect for those fine coaches. Our prayers are with the family and loved-ones in their great lost.
Grady Moore
February 20, 2006
Another good man joins the ranks up yonder.
WalterHaganFamily
February 20, 2006
Carol, I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are all in my prayers.
Annette Newman
February 20, 2006
To J.J. and Family,

My thought and prayers are with you (J.J.) and your family during this time. I went to school with J.J. at ESS and I spent many days and night in Highland Shores. "Weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning." Just remember he is in a better place.
Love
Nicole
Nicole Thomas
February 17, 2006
I have been Cowboys fan since the
mid-1970's and was a fan not only
of the players but the coaches too.
So sorry to hear that Ernie passed
away.
God bless the Stautner family.
Leeann Lynch
Leeann Lynch
February 17, 2006
I'll miss you Ernie! Being a lifelong Dallas fan and native Schenectadian, I followed everything you did. Condolences to all family and friends. RIP Ernie.
Jeffrey Purdy
February 17, 2006
Our thoughts & prayers are with you @ this difficult time. How blessed are we? A wonderful friend.
Billy & Julia Mitchell Family
February 17, 2006
My condolences to Jill and to all of Ernie's family. I was very privileged to have met Ernie thru the Dallas Cowboys. Being a lifelong Cowboys fan Ernie was one of the best defensive coaches to have ever worked with the great Tom Landry. Following the Dallas Cowboys, Ernie then became the head coach of the Dallas Texans Arena Football League team and as a big fan myself, I became a good friend of Ernie's. I have visited with Ernie and Jill several times at their home and Ernie loved to talk about his football experiences with me. GREAT MEMORIES. Ernie was a very caring person to all of his fans. Ernie would never turn down an opportunity to sign an autograph for anyone that would ask. Ernie was one of those great individuals that made a wonderfull impression in my life and in my memories. I will never forget him. Ernie, Rest in peace.
Garry Winters
February 17, 2006
Jill,

I'm Welby's daughter (Cheryl) and as you know Dad thought so much of Ernie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

God Bless You,
Cheryl Gower
Cheryl Gower
February 17, 2006
I remember Ernie...seeing him on the sportscasts....along the sidelines...got to be with the pokes through the Landry years...
the golden years of football to me
....god bless him...
j.r. pearce
February 17, 2006
So sorry on hearing of the passing of a great guy who made an impression on me as a youngster of 10 or 11. When Ernie and the football team of Vincentian walked up Yates St to head to the practice field at the glass house I was one of the "lucky" kids to carry his football helmet. I was only able to carry it to Partridge St as I was not allowed to cross the street.
To this day I remember him as kind and a gentle young man. And I still bragged about him when the Steelers won the BIG game.
God be with you, his family and may He bring peace and comfort to you in your sorrow.I will ALWAYS remember Ernie. thank you for letting me share this with you all.
Audrey Schoenecker ,Gallagher
February 17, 2006
So sorry on hearing of the passing of a great guy who made an imperssion on me as a youngster of 10 or 11. When Ernie and the football team of Vincentian walked up Yates St to head to the practice field at the glass house I was one of the "lucky" kids to carry his football helmet. I was only able to carry it to Partridge St as I was not allowed to cross the street.
To this day I remember him as kind and a gentle young man. And I still bragged about him when the Steelers won the BIG game.
God be with you, his family and may He bring peace and comfort to you in your sorrow.I will ALWAYS remember Ernie. thank you for letting me share this with you all.
Audrey Schoenecker ,Gallagher
February 17, 2006
Ernie introduced me to the world of the NFL when he visited my grade school just before Super Bowl XII. He showed up at Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush with Superbowl posters and hats, and gave us all the "inside scoop" of what was going on in the locker room, or so we thought! He was one of my fondest memories of my childhood, he sparked my love of the game at an early age, and it continues on this day. Although the team may have changed, my love and respect for Ernie never will. God Bless.
Lisa Grant-Dames
February 17, 2006
To Ernie's Family,

I extend my sincere condolences to all of Ernie's family. I was privileged to have known Ernie in Albany, NY. He graduated from my High School, Vincentian Institute about 7 years before me. He was also a Manager where I worked while going to Siena College, i.e., the Albany Public Market in the 50's. Even though he was a famous football star in high school & in college (and eventually in the pros) I remember Ernie to be always very friendly, with a smile almost as wide as his VERY BROAD shoulders. Ernie was a fine man. I shall pray for him daily.
Dan Sullivan
February 17, 2006
My condolences to all of Ernie's family. My grandparents were friends with his parents in East Greenbush, and I first met Ernie when I was in elementary school. He always treated me so well through the years, whether it was taking me around training camp or sneaking me onto the field when Dallas played in Canton. I will never forget him.
Doreen Mannion
February 17, 2006
Ernie grew up playing sandlot football with my father. He always remebered him. What I remember most about my meeting with him was the size of his hands. I couldn't believe how large they were. He was a very gracious man. Rest in Peace, Ernie and say hello to my father up there.
John Hoff
February 17, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have very warm memories of Ernie. God Bless you for your care during his long illness.
bill mickey
February 17, 2006
RIP, Ernie.
February 17, 2006
I've been a Cowboy fan since the age of 5 or 6 and Ernie was a big part of that. Somehow he and my Dad knew each other from way back, and each year for about 4 or 5 years Ernie would send me the Cowboy yearbook and team photo. I'm 37 now and I never forgot that, and still a Cowboy fan. I never had a chance to meet him or say thank you, but I would like his family to know that he made a strong impression on a little kid in upstate NY. My condolences to the Stautner family.
Matt Anglin
February 17, 2006
Our sorrow goes out to Jill and the family. Ernie was a great guy and so sorry to hear of his death.
Mike and Diana Ditka
February 17, 2006
Mr. Stautner spoke at a Methodist youth function in Brownwood, Texas in the mid 70's which I attended with a friend. He stayed and signed autographs, and even let me try on his superbowl ring! What a nice gentleman. I have remembered it fondly all of these years. Rest peacefully, Mr. Stautner.
Tami Rush
February 16, 2006
I'm sorry to here of Mr. Stautner passing, I didn't know him personally but as a Steeler fan I new him. We fans will all miss him, he was a great player for the Steelers.
Richard Howard
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