He was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Brazil, the son of Edgar and Imogene Dietz Crowe.
As a young man, he attended the Prairie City EUB Church.
He graduated from Brazil High School, class of 1966. He completed his education, achieving his Masters degree in Chemistry from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
His career was in chemical research, working for Reilly Industries in Indianapolis until retiring in 2000.
Ernie was a life member of the Purdue Alumni Association. He found a true passion in photography. He enjoyed taking pictures in nature, at the Indianapolis Zoo, of flowers and of unique life forms.
Survivors include his mother Imogene Crowe, Brazil, brother Forrest Crowe and wife Carol, Jasonville, nephews Jeremiah Crowe (Belinda) and Isaac Crowe (Melissa), and grand-niece Sierra Crowe.
He was preceded in death by his father Edgar Crowe, May 27, 2009.
Services will take place Saturday, at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home, with Rev. John Fischer officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UNICEF.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.