Ernest D. Abken

August 3, 1923March 19, 2012

Ernest D. Abken, 88, of Whiting, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012, at home. Born in Seghorn Germany, he came to the U.S. in 1929 and was a graduate of Westfield High School. Ernest lived in Warren and Brick for over 30 years before moving to Crestwood Manor in 2011. In the early 1950's, he started Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning and later owned and operated Will-Rich Air Control until retiring in 1990. Ernest was a life member and trustee of Watchung Hills Elks Lodge 2252; a member of the Old Guard of Brick; and served as a recruit in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, travelling and he had a passion for History.

He was predeceased by his parents, Johann F. and Sophie K. Abken; and his beloved wife, Wilma, in 1995. Surviving are his loving children, Erich W. Abken and his wife Jody of Brick, Linda C. Ricany and her husband Joseph of Beachwood, and Laura E. Holmes of Smyrna, DE; his grandchildren, John, Erica, Elizabeth, Jessica, Andrew, Patricia and Jennifer; and his cherished great-granddaughters, Hailey, Allison and Callie.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park in Toms River. If you should desire, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Ernest's name. Condolences may be made by visiting



  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 23, 2012


  • Burial to follow service at

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Bill Sullivan

March 24, 2012

Ernie was my boss and friend at Will-Rich air control he will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, one time a lady call and wanted he a/c fixed right now he said they would send some one in the morning, so she said she would call her lawyer. Ernie said that would be ok if he could fix it. Gotta love him he will be missed Bill Sullivan Palm Bay FL & Bayville NJ

Jennifer Lane

March 23, 2012

I'm so sorry to hear that Ernie has died. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

March 23, 2012

Ernie had a lot to do with forming my younger life, he was a friend, also a boss.I remember a good father and smart man very good at his job. I picked my paycheck up at his house every week, it was like visiting a friend. He will be missed by all. My sincere regrets to his son and daugthers family. Dave & Barbara Nicholas

Reggie & Bruce

March 23, 2012

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May time ease the pain and strengthen the knowledge that love remains, even beyond death.

Donna Arvay

March 22, 2012

Sorry for your loss, Laura and family. Your dad was an amazing man and will be missed.

Ken & Lisa Lewis

March 21, 2012

Sending Love and Big hugs during this difficult time....Ken, Lisa, Nico & Sky

Pete & Barbara VandenDorpel

March 20, 2012

Pete and I enjoyed having dinner with Ernie and Joan. He had a wonderful sense of humor and we will surely miss him. Our sincerest sympathy
Pete and Barbara Vanden Dorpel