C. Ernest “Ernie” Ebersole
July 26, 1936 ‒ August 28, 2008
Charles Ernest “Ernie” Ebersole, age 72, of Chesterville, died Thursday August 28, 2008 at the Morrow County Extended Care Facility in Mount Gilead surrounded by his family. Ernie was born July 26, 1936 at Fredericktown to the late Leland and Florence (Robinson) Ebersole, and had been a resident of Chesterville since 1942.
He was a member of the Chesterville United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School, held various offices within the church and was a lay speaker. Ernie’s faith and listening abilities was an inspiration to many of his friends.
He was Past Master of Chester Lodge 238 F&AM and Past Worthy Patron of Evelyn Chapter 146, Order of Eastern Star. He was a 50-year member of Wayne Grange.
Ernie retired as superintendent of the Ohio Department of Transportation in Morrow County.
Ernie was a graduate of Chesterville High School in 1956 where he played football. After graduation he volunteered as official timer for football and official scorekeeper for basketball at Chesterville High School and Highland High School for many years. He coached Little League Baseball. Ernie very seldom missed any sporting event that his son or grandsons participated in and in later years became “Grandpa” to everyone at these events. A love of harness horse racing developed with his father and continues through his son and grandsons. Ernie’s love for nature was evident through his unique gardens and creative woodworking. One of his favorite pastimes would be watching birds, squirrels, deer and other creatures in God’s world.
A “storyteller” Ernie could tell a story on any subject at anytime. His life was graced with a strong love for family, God and friends.
On August 24, 1957 he married his childhood sweetheart Patricia (Smith) whom he met in first grade at Chesterville School who survives along with his son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Linda Ebersole of Chesterville; his grandsons Luke C. Ebersole and Logan C. Ebersole; his brothers and sisters-in-law Lloyd and Betty Lou Ebersole of Chesterville, Richard and Judy Ebersole of Fredericktown and Robert and Betty Ebersole of Cochran, Georgia; and his sisters Lillian Lower of Mount Vernon, Aileen Bishop of Fredericktown, Ruth Reeder of Butler, Bonnie Hobson of Ashland; his mother-in-law Billie Smith of Chesterville and many nephews and nieces who called him “Uncle Ernie”. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother W. Lewis Ebersole, his sister Vivian Morris and his father-in-law Earl J. Smith.
Friends may call Tuesday September 2, 2008 from 1pm to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm at Christ The King Community Church, State Route 95 and McClelland Road, Fredericktown where Chester Lodge will conduct memorial services at 5pm Tuesday. Funeral services will be at the church on Wednesday at 11am with Rev. Jeannie Winters officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.
The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown are honored to serve the family of C. Ernest “Ernie” Ebersole.
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