Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the First United Methodist Church, 220 W. Center St., Paxton, with the Rev. Terry L. Westerfield officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Paris Memorial Gardens, Paris, Ill.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 4) at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton.
Ernest was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Lyford, Ind., the son of Bert and Jennie Cornell Harris. He married Virginia M. Valerine on Dec. 5, 1942, in Clinton, Ind. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Carol (Jim) Beck of Topeka, Kan., and Sherrie (Ron) Morrison of Paxton; six grandsons, Craig (Jennie) Beck of Bonner Springs, Kan., Kevin (DeAnne) Beck of Topeka, Kan., Chris Morrison of Miami, Fla., Sean (Randi) Morrison of Colfax, Zachary (Michelle) Morrison of Champaign and Adam Morrison of Peoria; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildred (Dale) Crooks of Rockville, Ind., and Loretta (Bob) Evitt of Woodward, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.
Ernest graduated from Clinton High School in 1939. He then went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps at Turkey Run, Ind. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. While stationed in the states he was an anti aircraft specialist and while serving overseas he was a combat engineer, building Bailey bridges for General Patton.
He worked for CIPS in Clinton, Ind., for a number of years and in 1949 moved to Paris, Ill., where he became a partner with his father-in-law and brother-in-law in the Valerine West Side Market for 12 years. He retired from the Illinois Cereal Mill in 1982.
Ernest was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Paxton, Prairie Lodge #77, Eastern Star Paris Chapter #7, and a life member of VFW Post 6653. He was an avid Cardinals fan and enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, gardening, golf and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, First United Methodist Church of Paxton or an organization of the donor's choice.