CHERRY VALLEY - Ernest R. Ahlers, 68, of Cherry Valley, passed away peacefully at his home, on June 24, 2017.
Ernie was born in Cooperstown to the late Karl and Hilda Ahlers and spent his young life between Cherry Valley and visiting family in New York City.
A graduate of Cherry Valley Central School, Ernie served in Vietnam and then worked many jobs such as driving truck, excavation, school bus driver and bartender at various establishments, most notably the Tryon Inn. Ernie worked at the Tryon for many years as he battled progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
Ernie was a great man, friend, community member, father and grandfather. His radiant smile could engage anyone into lively conversation. He loved his church, his family, the Yankees and the Jets. He also loved Cherry Valley and all those that make up and made up the community through the years.
He joins many who have passed too soon before him, like his sister, Karin and her husband, John Reuhl; and many other close friends. They all look down upon us now, like diamonds in the sky.
Ernie is survived by his four children, Lina and her husband, Mark Moyer of Rotterdam, Christopher Ahlers of Cherry Valley, Melisa and her husband, David Ekseth of Michigan and Sherry and her husband, Daniel Rockwell of Roseboom. Ernie is also survived by his 12 grandchildren, Tommy and Jack Moyer, Alexa, Saphire, Camran and Garrett Ahlers, Jaden, Xavier and Zophia Ekseth and Jillian, Lana and Austin Rockwell. Ernie is also survived by his niece, Stacy Reuhl of California.
Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Ottman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 30, at St. Thomas Church, with burial immediately following in Roseboom Cemetery.
Please join in a celebration of Ernie at the Tryon Inn in Cherry Valley after the burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of the deceased to the National MS Society or the American Diabetes Association.
To send online condolences, visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on June 27, 2017