Dr. Richard E. Ernst
January 5, 1925 – December 31, 2018
Dr. Richard E. Ernst, Sr., 93, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Mary (nee' Moser); his children Dr. Richard Jr., Steve, and Kathie Ernst and Dr. Christie Kovacs, and his grandchildren Heather, Emma, Andrew, and Elliot. Richard was predeceased by his grandson Justin, and his brothers Edwin C. Jr. and Roland P. Ernst.
Richard served honorably in the 94th infantry division during World War II and was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Upon returning to civilian life, he earned his medical degree and joined his father and brothers at Ernst Radiology Clinic. Richard was proud to have been the chair of the radiology department at DePaul Hospital.
After retirement, Richard and Mary enjoyed taking metalworking art classes at Meramec Community College, and traveling. Richard remained active up until a few weeks before his passing.
A visitation will be Thursday, January 3 from 4-7:30pm at Kriegshauser West Mortuary 9450 Olive Blvd. 63132, with a Celebration of Richard's Life to follow from 7:30-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church 401 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 63131 on Friday January 4 at 10am. Richard will be buried with Full Military Honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Daughters of Charity Foundation of Saint Louis, Honor Flight or Saint Louis Zoo Friends are greatly appreciated.
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- Edwin C. Ernst, Father
- Mildred M. Vogt, Mother
- Mary Louise (nee' Moser) Ernst, Wife
- Dr. Richard Everett Ernst Jr., Son
- Stephen Moser Ernst, Son
- Mary Katherine Ernst, Daughter
- Dr. Susan Christine Kovacs, Daughter
- Heather Louise Ernst, Granddaughter
- Justin Everett Ernst, Grandson
- Emma Christine Kovacs, Granddaughter
- Andrew Stephen Kovacs, Grandson
- Elliot Otto Kovacs, Grandson
- Edwin C. Ernst Jr., Brother
- Roland Percy Ernst, Brother
- Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
- A Celebration of Richard's Life Thursday, January 3, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, January 4, 2019
- Committal Service with Full Military Honors Friday, January 4, 2019
Dr. Richard E. Ernst
January 5, 2019
Dear Aunt Mary & Family,
We were very saddened about Uncle Richard. We always enjoyed visiting with him during our many Christmas and other holiday reunions. He was a fun man to know and was always interested in a friendly chat. We know you will greatly miss him, but also know you have a basketful of memories to share forever.
John and Nancy Ernst
January 3, 2019
Steve, my condolences to you, your mother and siblings on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. AEKDB Tom Gredell
January 2, 2019
Chris - so sorry to hear about your dad. What a wonderful story of his life - an incredible man. And how comforting for him to be surrounded by the love of his family at the end.
Sending love and prayers to you and your family.