Ernie was born in Frederick, Md., June 16, 1944, the son of Lebert and Wilma (Barnett) Erwin. Ernie's family moved to Indiana when he was very young. He graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1962 and later Porter Business College.
Shortly after high school, Ernie was drafted into the United States Army serving for two years during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Spc. 5, July 19, 1967.Ernie worked for Public Service Indiana and Cinergy (now Duke Energy) retiring in 1999 after 30 years of employment.
Ernie was an avid bowler, golfer and hunter, and he loved helping his grandson in all sports and playing cards with his buddies at the Elks. He was an active member of the Brazil Elks lodge serving as Secretary for two years and Exalted Ruler in 2010.
Ernie was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 2, and had been a member of Masonic Lodge Centennial 541 for many years.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents Lebert and Wilma Erwin.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years Suzanne Erwin; daughters Janet Hagemier and husband John and Debra Nettles; grandson Tyler Nettles and granddaughter Myriam Hagemier; and a special aunt-in-law Janice Gooch.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Bill Price officiating.
Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery with military rites provided by VFW 1127, American Legion Post 2 and the United States Army.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, from 4-8 p.m., with an Elks memorial service being held at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.