Earnest Harold Motz
May 30, 1924 ‒ June 25, 2020
Earnest (Ernie) Harold Motz went to be with the Lord Thursday evening, June 25, 2020, in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital from COVID-19. He was 96.
Ernie was a Loudonville resident for most of his life. He was born May 30, 1924, in Jelloway, Ohio to parents Otto Albert & Ora Alberta (Richert) Motz. Growing up he worked on the family farm and graduated from Loudonville High School with the class of 1943. Ernie proudly served his country by joining the US Navy during WWII. He was in the Construction Battalion apart of the Seabee Unit in the South Pacific where he constructed airstrips out of coral for B52 bombers to land and take off.
After returning home from the war a beautiful young lady named Janet Workman caught Ernie’s eye and the pair soon married on June 4, 1948. They were married for 68 years until Janet’s passing on November 24, 2016.
Ernie worked at the Flxible Co. for 37 years until retiring. After retirement, he worked for Burgess Ambulance for another 18 years. Ernie was also an excellent caregiver for Janet for 5 years before her passing.
In his spare time, he took pleasure in being outdoors doing yard work. His yard was his pride and joy and was often seen riding his John Deere tractor more than once a day picking up leaves. Ernie also loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. Holidays and summer cookouts were his favorites. In the last 2 ½ years he lived at McMullen Assisted Care where he was extremely happy. He loved watching the bluebirds, squirrels, turkeys, and deer and often gave advice on the yard work there. He was a member of the Loudonville United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post# 257.
He is survived by his children Tom (Karen) Motz and Connie (Gregg) Beechy; 4 grandchildren Craig (Tara) Beechy, Kendra (Zach) Eikleberry, Julie (Jeremy) Workman, and Jim (Heather) Motz; 9 great-grandchildren Landon, Owen, Holden, Caitlyn, and Hudson Beechy, Ellie and Gavin Eikleberry, and Carson and Brody Motz.
In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by loving wife Janet, and his siblings Annabelle Ruehling, Richard Motz, Ruth Keister, and Helen Heffelfinger.
The Motz family will receive friends Monday, June 29, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. Due to the current pandemic situation, we will observe proper social distancing at the funeral home. A funeral service honoring Ernie’s life will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor John Temple will speak and burial will follow in Loudonville Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Loudonville American Legion and the Perrysville VFW. Ernie’s Service will also be live-streamed on the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel Facebook page.
Contributions in Ernie’s memory to the Loudonville United Methodist Church, Trinity Community Church, or McMullen’s Activities Fund may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Ernie’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com