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John R. Ernst

John R. Ernst, age 84, passed away suddenly at home in Bullhead City, Arizona, on July 23, 2007.

John, born January 14, 1923, was a farmer and rancher near Midland. He moved to Pierre in 1967 and California in 1980, working as a plumber until retirement. He had resided in Arizona for seven years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marian; three sons, Leslie and his wife, Barbara, of Nebraska, Gary and his wife, Debra, of South Dakota, and Brian and his wife, Mary, of California; two daughters, Laurel Shepherd of Oregon and Rosemary Flood and her husband, Roger, of New York; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Willa Lein and Wilma Daniel of South Dakota.

John was a loving and caring man whose family always came first. He was a country cowboy at heart and proud of his South Dakota roots.