Ernest Pena Sr.

April 18, 1950February 19, 2021

Ernest Pena, 70, gained his wings and was called home February 19, 2021 after losing his battle with COVID-19. Ernest was born April 18, 1950 in Houston, TX to Fernando and Arcadia Pena.

Ernest was a decorated veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He earned several medals, including the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, the Bronze Medal Star and the Purple Heart.

He enjoyed classic cars, Tejano music, dancing and spending time with family and friends. Ernest will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and willingness to always help others. His positive attitude towards life and unconditional love guided his three children and six grandchildren. While we yearn to embrace his hugs and laugh with him once more, Dad, now it is time for you to rest in eternal peace.

Ernest is preceded in death by his parents, Fernando and Arcadia Pena, sister Mary Helen Reynoso, brothers Lorenzo Pena, and Fernando Pena. Left to cherish his memory, his loving fiancée Aurora Cabrera, three children, Lisa Miller, Crystal Pena and Ernest Pena; six grandchildren; Rebecca Miller, Kaitlin Pena, Cali Natasha Pena, Ella Pena, Cassie Villegas and Leonel Pena; siblings include Alcadia Long, Susana Rebollar, Rosemary Robbins, Amelia Nicasio, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of lifelong friends.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the viewing and funeral service will be private and include only Brothers, Sisters and Spouses, Children their Spouses, and Grandchildren.


12 March

Committal Service

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

All other services are private for immediate family only, but family members and friends are welcomed to attend the Committal Service.


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Christina Rosa

March 2, 2021

I will always remember Ernest as my friend more than my supervisor. He offered me words of advice, encouragement and made me laugh during the 5 yrs we worked together in Facilities at Lone Star College. His wisdom and knowledge was shared openly about work and family with anyone that needed it. I will miss him greatly. My prayers and condolences go out to his family and others that were privileged to call him friend.

Rebecca Moore

February 23, 2021

I will always remember Ernest for his kind and helpful personality. He was always there whenever you had a question or problem. I send my prayers to his family and closest friends to find peace and comfort during this time, as he will be missed very much.

Naomi Sims

February 23, 2021

Uncle Ernie was a great Man, he brought laughter and joy every time he stepped in the room. I have only the fondest of memories of him growing up and he will be dearly missed. I pray that you find peace and healing, though I know it will be difficult to do. Sending love from myself and my family ❤️

Rachelle Fullerton

February 23, 2021

I am so sorry that y’all are having to live this nightmare. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will miss Tio Ernest very much. May he Rest In Peace. He is now rejoicing with our Heavenly Father.