Ernest "Ernie" Grant Ouderkirk

April 30, 1937March 10, 2019

Ernest Grant “Ernie” Ouderkirk, 81, passed unexpectedly Sunday evening, March 10th at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A Funeral service has been re-scheduled to Monday, March 18th at 10:30 a.m. at Central Church of Christ in Gering with Pastor Lyle Hinebauch officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Gering Memorial Chapel from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to the church or the Gering Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at

Ernie was born April 30, 1937 in Scottsbluff, the son of Miletus H. and Lillian V. (Yount) Ouderkirk. He farmed and ranched in the Carter Canyon area, southwest of Gering, his entire life. Ernie loved farming and ranching. His father died when he was 14 and he and his mother took on the responsibilities of the ranch and farm. Ernie was active in 4-H as a youth. He graduated for Gering High School in 1955. Ernie and Marline Kaufman were married on October 28, 1956, at Gering. The couple celebrated 46 years of marriage before her passing in 2002.

Ernie and Marline enjoyed the farm and ranch life and their family. In later years, Ernie enjoyed numerous hobbies including collecting coins, rocks and artifacts, and antiques, especially those related to farming and ranching and the Old West. Ernie was an active member of Central Church of Christ where he served as deacon for many years. He was a member of Legacy of the Plains and served as president and board member of the C.W. Yount Foundation from its inception. Ernie was a friend to many and was the ‘solid rock’ for his family. He was a generous man and devoted to his Lord.

Ernie married Mary Schleicher Dickinson in 2003. Mary, who suffered from severe health problems, passed in 2004. In 2005 Tessie Luce Ellerman and Ernie were married and were together until 2017 when ill health necessitated her residency at Heritage Estates.

Ernie is survived by Tessie; his daughter Vickie (Perry) Crom; son Todd Ouderkirk (Denise); his sister Joan Cromer; granddaughters Rhianon Schmidt, Brandy (A.J.) Johnson, Cassy (Nick) Eskam; great grandchildren Taylie Schmidt, Lane and Kinsley Peak, Jace and Jax Johnson; and nephews and niece Brad (Patti) Cromer, Greg (Kerri) Cromer and Karen (Jerry) Johnson.

Ernie’s life of loving family and the land will be long remembered.


  • Alan Johnson, Casket Bearer
  • Nick Eskam, Casket Bearer
  • Matt John, Casket Bearer
  • Tyler Sampson, Casket Bearer
  • Jerry Johnson, Casket Bearer
  • Greg Cromer, Casket Bearer
  • Darrell Ingwerson, Honorary Bearer
  • Clarence Maupin, Honorary Bearer
  • Marvin Crom, Honorary Bearer
  • Charles Matthaei, Honorary Bearer
  • Claude Ryan, Honorary Bearer

  • Central Church Of Christ
  • Gering Volunteer Fire Department


18 March

Funeral Service

10:30 am

Central Church of Christ

1245 Five Rocks Road
Gering, Nebraska 69341


  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ernest "Ernie" Grant Ouderkirk

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Dwane Wills, Overland Park KS

March 17, 2019

Sincere condolences to the families of Marline and Tessie on the passing of our classmate Ernie. GHS 1955

Krista Hansen-Krier

March 12, 2019

So many good times and happy memories through the years. You will be greatly missed.

Sandy Knaub

March 12, 2019

Todd and Denise
I am so sorry for your loss I will be praying for God peace for you and your families.