Harold E. Erny, 92, Jasper
Harold E. Erny, 92, of Jasper, died Monday, June 28, at his home. He was born in Jasper August 8, 1928, to Edward and Christina (Blessinger) Erny. He married Mildred Lechner April, 9 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.
Harold was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a jack of all trades and worked at Jasper Lumber for a number of years. He used his carpentry skills to help people build homes and pour concrete, worked as a custodian at 10th Street School in Jasper, was a superintendent at the Jasper Municipal Golf Course, a bridge supervisor, and retired from the Dubois County Highway Department. He was a founding member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, a member of the Precious Blood Men’s Club and the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Honor Guard Rifle Squad of American Legion Post 147, and VFW Post #673. He received the Brute’ Award and the Mother Teresa Service Award. He enjoyed playing cards, especially sheepshead and spades with his family and friends, was a coon hunter and an avid fisherman and enjoyed baking cookies, watching his grandchildren in their sports and activities, and a fan of Indiana University basketball and the St. Louis Cardinals.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mildred Erny; four sons, Greg Erny and wife Valerie, Reno, Nevada, Jeff Erny and wife Becky, Northport, Alabama, Ed Erny and wife Belinda, Lexington, Kentucky, and Allen Erny and wife Brenda, Jasper; three daughters, Marilyn Schepers and husband Donnie, Jasper, and Charlotte Schepers and husband Glen and Diane Gress and husband Scott, all of Celestine; two sisters, Margaret Eckerle and husband Donald and Mildred Erny; 14 grandchildren, Stephen, Christina, Matthew, Ben, and Alex Erny, Nick Erny and wife Christian, Jennifer, William, and Elizabeth Schepers, Amanda Schepers and husband Jessie; Samantha Beard and husband Jarrad, and Joe, Jacob, and Curtis Gress; and two great-grandchildren, Jaden and Dylan Erny.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Alice Schuetter, Helen Hochgesang, Anna Mae Reckelhoff, and Betty Reynolds, and four brothers, Robert, Richard, Vincent, and Sylvester Erny.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.