Funeral services for Earnest ‘Ernie’ Rae Lemons, 87, were held Tue., July 10, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lusk, with interment with military honors held at Lusk Cemetery. He passed away Mon., July 2, 2018 at the Black Hills VA Medical Center in Ft. Meade, SD.
Earnest was born February 11, 1931 in Scullin, Oklahoma to Louie Earnest and Ida Mae (Elliot) Lemons. He later welcomed his baby sister, Leta (Helvey), whom he adored and spoiled.
He joined the Army National Guard in September 1950 and served until June 1952. He was very proud to be a veteran. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.
He met and married Alma Grace (Klemke) in Torrington, Wyo. in 1953. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2003. Earnest and Alma had three children: Roger Rae (Cassie) of Buckeye, AZ; Cynthia Kae (Daniel) Haas of Sundance, Wyo.; and Earnest Leon (Wendy) of Lusk, Wyo.
Earnest worked for Safeway as assistant manager; K and K Fireplace Inserts; Bob Vollmer; and the Town of Lusk, where he took care of the Parks and Cemetery which he took great pride in. He enjoyed volunteering his time to numerous organizations, including 4-H, Shooting Sports, and the NRA Banquet.
Due to health reasons, he moved to Sundance, Wyo. in 2012.
He never met a stranger and he enjoyed all of his grandkids and teaching them everything he knew.
He is survived by his daughter Cindy; his two sons, Roger and Leon; and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, wife Alma, sister Leta, aunts and uncles.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lusk, Wyo., or to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Sundance, Wyo.
Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.