Ernest A. Yager
Ernest A. Yager, 92, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2017 at the St. Luke’s Home. He was born on April 2, 1925 in Marshall, N.Y., a son of the late Alfred and Mildred Lewis Yager and was a 1943 graduate of Sauquoit schools.
During WWII, Ernie served with the U.S. Marine Corps and was involved with the taking of Sugar Loaf Hill on Okinawa.
On January 19, 1949 he was united in marriage with Lois Wuest, a loving union of 33 years until her death in 1982.
On November 2, 1985, Ernie and Mary Wesseldine were married in St. George’s Episcopal Church in Chadwicks.
For over 40 years he was employed with Lincoln Davies Co. in Paris Station.
Ernie’s memberships included the Sauquoit Valley Lions Club, E. L. Clonan Post 1000 of the American Legion, its Last Mans Club and held various offices with both organizations.
He was fan of the N.Y. Mets, Syracuse University Athletics and was an avid golfer and bowler, participating in many area leagues.
Ernie is survived by his devoted wife of 31 years, Mary, his daughter and son in law; Sandra and Michael Sents of New Hartford, his son and daughter in law; Ernest A. and Gayle Yager Jr. of N. Utica, his grandchildren; Tricia Sents, David and Kristin Sents, Robert and Abby Sents, Curtis and Praphaphan Sents, Katie Yager and Alex Colon, Eric Wilcox , Christine Weller and Andrew Weller, his sister; Gertrude Charbonneau of R.I., his brother; Howard Yager of Newport, N.Y., 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers; Harold Yager and Lynn Yager and his infant daughter; Suzane Yager.
Family and friends are respectfully to Ernie’s funeral service on Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St., Sauquoit. Interment with military honors will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 6-8.
Ernie’s family wishes to thank the care team at Lutheran Care Gordon Unit for their care, kindness and support in his rehabilitation.
They also wish to offer many thanks to the nurses and aides at St. Luke’s Rehab and Nursing Home Barton North for their warmth and care.
In Ernie’s memory, please consider donations to either the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Sauquoit Valley Lions Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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