Date of Death: August 27, 2020

Service Details

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Ernest Eugene Egnew passed away peacefully on August 27, 2020 of natural causes, surrounded by his family. Ernie was born on August 12, 1927 to Charles “Dewey” Egnew and Vera Bloom Egnew in Three Rivers. He graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1946. Ernie went to work for Fairbanks and Morse and then for the American Laundry where he was office manager. From 1951-1953 he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On July 28, 1951 he married Margie Ann Klingel at the Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers. After the war, Ernie worked at Weyerhaeuser Company in Three Rivers for 34 years, serving in several manager positions. For 14 years, he & Margie spent their winters in Lake Havasu, AZ.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Margie, his children: Lori (Ted) Seibert of Ridgefield, CT and Susan (Paul) Schadel of Holland, MI. He & Margie have 3 grandchildren: Emily (Roy) Miller of Elkhart, IN, Alyson Yee (Paul Fagerstrom) of Schwarzach a Main, Germany, and Kara (Dustin) Dobernig of Kingston Springs, TN. They have 2 great-children and several cousins and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law Richard and Bonnie Boughton; and David and Deanna Klingel. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Viola (Duane) Swan.

Ernie was a life member of Elks Lodge #1248 and a long time member of American Legion Post #170. He was Past President of the American Legion Home Association and was Elk of the Year in 1990. Ernie was also a Past President of the Three Rivers Bowling Association for several years.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bowman Place and the Hospice Team from Elara Caring for their tender care of Ernie in his final days.

Ernie was universally liked by everyone he came in contact with. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a happy disposition. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.

Additional Information

Donations in Ernie’s memory may be made to elaracaringhospicefoundation.org or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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16 Comments

  1. Marge, we have many happy memories of the old neighborhood on Walnut, Bennett, Armitage and Portage. You, Ernie, and your folks (Harry & Laura) are in those happy memories. So many are gone now, but wonderful memories remain. May God bless you and your family as we know you will miss him.

    Don and Myrna

  2. I met Ernie over 25 years ago while I was working at Sauganash Golf Course. He made a lasting impression on me as I can still remember that he was quite the character, easy going and I’m pretty sure he tried to convince me that part of his name was ‘Egg-noodle!’

  3. I always looked forward to spending time with uncle Ernie and aunt Margie. He always enjoyed playing with us children and spending time with us as adults and was always so funny and smart. I will miss him.

  4. It was always a treat to spend time with Uncle Ernie. Although a man of great morals and hard work ethic, he was also easy going, fun loving, and down right goofy if it meant he could get a laugh out of you. His unconditional love for his wife and children has always been something I’ve admired about Uncle Ernie. We were blessed to have him in our lives. May his loved ones find peace in knowing Ernie is with our Lord and watching down with his beautiful smile.

  5. Erine and Mrs. Egnew wasn’t just neighbors ,but friends. He rembered everyone in the family by name even is one moves away. He always had a great story to tell you. Our prayer and thoughts are with the whole family thru this terrible time.

  6. Ernie was one of our dearest friends, and we are so thankful that he was part of our lives. He was a sweet man with hundreds of stories that needed to be shared. Those stories were told with such details that you felt you were
    re-living them with him. And when he laughed………pure happiness!!!

    Ernie, we love you and will miss you terribly. Until we meet again in our heavenly home………..❤️

  7. So sorry to hear this sad news. Your Dad was a sweet funny gentleman. Always felt welcome at the Egnew’s where l spent fun times with my forever friend Susie! God bless you all. Love Vicki

    • Thank you Vicki. I can only think of how young you were when you lost your dad and how blessed I am to have had my dad so long. Thank you for your kind words. Love you…

  8. Uncle Ernie will surely be missed by all. I remember him always playing with the kids and making them laugh. Prayers to the family and hugs to everyone. We love you all.

    • Ernie and the “Mrs. Egnew“ were neighbors and we loved ‘um. I felt very honored he called me Mrs. English, endearingly as he did his bride. Ernie was a real hoot, so funny but under the humor was a fine, fine gent. Will always hold our memories close to our hearts. Love to Margie, AKA, Mrs, Egnew and the family.

  9. Rest in peace Ernie you have had a good run. I remember the SMOKIN bowling ball he had. The pins really splattered when he threw the ball. Ernie was a good man and a good citizen, Three Rivers will miss him.

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