He was born April 16, 1929, in "Pontiac," Van Buren Twp., Clay County, as the son of Oscar and Esther Wells Egloff. He graduated from Van Buren High School and continued his education at Purdue University, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1951, Indiana State University and DePauw University. Following graduation from Purdue University, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served during the Korean War until his Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1955.
He married Mary Nell Holley March 5, 1954, in Beaumont, Texas, while he was stationed at Bryan AFB, Bryan, Texas. Following discharge from the Air Force, the couple returned to Indiana where Ernie farmed and drove a dynamite truck for a while before returning to college at ISU to earn his teacher's license and his Master's of Science degree in Science. He taught 8th grade science at Greencastle Middle School for 32 years. Following his retirement, he served as Waste Water Manager for the Town of Carbon for 10 years.
Ernie was a member of Carbon United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Carbon Lodge #529 F&AM and a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Terre Haute. He was a Cub Scout, Webelo, and Boy Scout leader while his three sons were growing up. He took groups of Scouts to Minnesota and Canada on canoe trips for several years. He loved the outdoors and took his family to Canada every year from 1958-2005 for a week's fly-in fishing trip. He enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing, astronomy, and geology. He volunteered with the SHARE Food Program from its conception to 2010, about 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Earl "Butch" Egloff, sister Lucille Robbins, sister-in-law Augusta Egloff, and brother-in-law Williams Robbins.
He is survived by his wife Mary Holley Egloff, sons Mark (Debbie) Egloff, Beaver Creek, Ohio, Mike (Angie) Egloff, Ashland, Mo., and Jeff (Bobbie) Egloff, Kokomo, grandchildren Benjamin (Mandy) Egloff, Michael (Ashlynn) Egloff, Austin Egloff, John Egloff, Becca Egloff, Kaylin Egloff, Landon Egloff, and Thomas Egloff, great-grandchildren Connor Egloff and Dylan Egloff, brother Ralph (Joan) Egloff, Carbon, several nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, and 10-11 a.m., Saturday, at Moore Funeral Home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted 7 p.m., Friday evening, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, with burial to follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carbon United Methodist Church, PO Box 336, Carbon, Ind., 47837.
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