Ernie was born in Freeport, Minnesota and grew up working hard on the family farm in St Anthony, Minnesota. He moved to Minneapolis in 1944 to begin his career as a carpenter. In 1965, he started his own business as a remodeling contractor. He married Maryann Donovan in 1952 and they had six children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherine; brothers, Walter, Lee, and Raymond; sisters, Eleanor Weber, Juletta Hentges and grandchildren Andrew and Christina Johnson.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by Maryann, his wife of 60 years; children, Jim (Barbara), Susan Plesha, Joanne (Tom) Coughlin, Thomas (Laura), John (Kency), and Catherine (Dan) Johnson; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille (Vernie) Ebensteiner, Marcella Schreifels, and Dolores Tamm.
Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Saturday at the Church of St. Margaret Mary, 2323 Zenith Ave. N. in Golden Valley. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Interment St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Osseo. Memorials may be directed to North Memorial Hospice.