Earnest Harold Motz

May 30, 1924 ‒ June 25, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

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

  • Connie and Tom: Thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time. Memories of what a great neighbor your Dad was to my family on S. Mt. Vernon Ave. Dad worked away from home much of the time and your Dad was always so available and willing to help in any way. My most sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your families.

  • What a character he was. So much fun to be around. Always a smile on his face. My husband loved joking and pulling jokes on him. He has told the story many times of drinking beer with him in the backyard. Sending him home and Janet didn’t know where he had been. Ernie, you had a good life now rest.

  • Connie, Gregg, and family,
    Our deepest condolences to all of you and prayers for a healing heart. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Thoughts and prayers.

  • We will miss our friend Ernie! He always had a kind word for all. Our children all grew
    up on Snyder Drive where Ernie Made his home and he always made time for them. He and Janice are together again. Erie must be the happiest man in heaven!

  • We will miss you, Ernie! You and Janet were a special part of our community. Prayers for all the family!

  • Connie and Tom, I knew Janet and Ernie nearly my entire life as they were neighbors near my Grandma’s garden on S.Mt Vernon Avenue when I was a youngster, then in later years always enjoyed dropping of fish for them on Snyder Dr. Our conversations almost always drifted towards the Cleveland Indians, Ernie loved working in the yard as his home was always so well kept. He will be missed, but never forgotten, RIP Ernie.

  • Tom, Karen, Connie, Greg and family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, at this difficult time. Time can never erase the beautiful memories you have. We are thankful to have been friend’s, with Ernie and Janet, for so many years and send our syncere condolences

  • Dear Connie, Tom & Family,

    I loved Ernie. I worked with your Mom at Farmers Bank. Janet always talked about Ernie. They had a wonderful relationship. I also got to see Ernie frequently. He was always so friendly and pleasant. We are so sorry for your loss and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Peace Be With You,
    Andi & Jim Arnholt

  • Dear Connie and Tom,

    I never meant your father, but I feel like I should know him. My mother, Ruth Wilson, worked at the Flxible for many years and most always was telling some funny things that happened at work and they usually involved something your father said, or did. From her I learned he was a good man, even better knowing how much they discussed the Indians…and oh how my mom could talk baseball! I think she must have met her match! Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  • Connie and family,

    So sorry for the loss of your Dad.
    Wishing you peace and comfort from many happy memories.

  • Dear Connie & Tom,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. Your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Julie, Jeremy and family, So sorry for your loss.
    My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Ernie was our neighbor for the 20 years we lived on snyder drive. I remember him walking all over town and his yard was always beautiful. A great man and neighbor.

  • I think the Ferris and Motz families were linked from the beginning of time. Neighbors, Flxi workers, minstrel singers, and having baby girls the same year…some years, I was at the Motz house as much as I was at mine, and I will never forget the influence this wonderful family had on my life. That is the blessing of growing up in “The Edge of Paradise”. Didn’t matter how old I got, whenever Earnie or Janet saw me, they always called me Brynie, and it always made me smile. I will miss his presence in this world, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Heaven is full of joy and laughter as he rejoined friends and family there. May you all be blessed with your treasure chest of memories, and comforted by the love you learned at his knees. Blessings!!Be! “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” Jn 16:22

  • Connie, Gregg, Tom, Karen, and families,
    Ernie was a very kind and thoughtful person. Always smiling. He will be missed. Deepest sympathy.

    Jack and Linda Briscoe

  • “If only” we had the words to express what a wonderful man we were blessed to know & provide a home for. He took care of Janet & every little thing with such dedication. It brings me comfort knowing he is now being taken care of in a way we all hope to be. (Though it’s hard to fathom anything could be as tentative as the care Tom & Connie also provided!) Sending much love & comfort to our extended family. The back patio will always be Ernie’s nature paradise. His heavenly paradise will likely be in tip top shape, but if God needs a maintenance man—he’s found him.
    A memory: Not too long ago, he saw me helping carry our outdoor furniture. The next thing I knew, he sent frozen grapes to me as a treat! The year before he offered a beer. Cheers to you, Mr. Motz.

  • Tom, Connie and family,
    Just the idea of your parents and my parents in heaven together again makes me smile. I know the stories they are telling( Pleasant Hill Damn included!) He was such a wonderful, happy and blessed man. May you find comfort and peace in all the memories.
    God Bless you and your families .

    Marilyn Lang Young

  • Hello, my name is Sharon Huffman Reiheld. I knew Your dad from his daily walks with Janet at Mohican State Park. I would be mowing grass and down the road they would come. I would always stop and talk to them. In our conversations I found out I had been his sister Annabelle neighbor when I was growing up. Annabelle and Al were friends of my parents. I also found out that Janet had a brother Dwight Workman and he was married to a cousin of my Mom. I really enjoyed our talks. Such a happy man. Sending prayers your way

  • It was always such a joy to be around Ernie & Janet. I got to know them better when Mother (Wava Koch) would have a musical get-together in her front yard on Snyder Drive with entertainment by Lary and Matt. Even after Mother was gone, and I would stay with Lary, Ernie always stopped to say hello.

    God be with all of you during this difficult time.

    Shirley Koch Watters