Ernest "Ernie" L. Eidenier

Born: Mon., Nov. 19, 1928
Died: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
Location: Pioneer

Masonic Service

7:30 PM Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
Location: Pioneer

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Lake View U. B. Church

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Ernest L. “Ernie” Eidenier, 89, of Pioneer, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Hillside Country Living in Bryan. He was born on November 19, 1928 in Williams County to Layton M. “Cap” and Blanche E. (Hillard) Eidenier. Ernie graduated from Pioneer High School in 1947. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  On September 16, 1955 he married Donna M. Potter in rural Alvordton and she survives.

Ernie formerly owned and operated the Gambles Hardware Store in Pioneer for approximately 35 years. He was also a bus driver for the North Central School system for 17 years. Ernie attended Lake View United Brethren Church in Camden, MI. He was a past Master of the Pioneer Masonic Lodge, a previous member of the Pioneer Veterans taking part in military graveside rites and was a former member of the Pioneer Fire Department. Ernie was active in many community affairs and his hobbies included being a private pilot and restoring old cars.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Donna Eidenier of Pioneer; two sons, Duane (Connie) Eidenier of Ada, MI and Scott (Carol) Eidenier of Alvordton; one daughter, Vicki S. Eidenier of Pioneer; five grandchildren, Natalie, Jessica and Cameron Eidenier and Alex and Jenna Eidenier; three sisters, Eloise (Dana) Smith of Pioneer, Eleanor Bexten formerly of Pioneer and Evelyn Deetz of Pioneer; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 2-8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer, with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Lake View United Brethren Church, 4616 E. Territorial Rd, Camden, MI, with Pastor Steve Smith to officiate. Burial to follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer with military honors presented by the Pioneer Veterans. Donations may be made in Ernie’s memory to the church.

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Ronald Keller
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
The Officers and Members of Edon Masonic Lodge # 474 Free & Accepted Masons, sends our Thought and Prayers to the Eidenier family.

Ron and Lynn Brouwers
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
No matter how many years we have with loved ones, it always seems too short when someone passes. Our deepest sympathy, especially to Duane and Connie. We’re happy, though, that you were able to spend so many years together, and we know that you’ll be able to remember your father with joy in the years ahead.

Dorothy Burkholder
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
Donna, you and your family have our deepest sympathy and our prayers as you 'walk through the valley' of grief. God bless.
Dorothy & Eldo Burkholder

   Posted Sat November 25, 2017
Rest in Peace old friend, and Brother. You were an influence on my life, and helped me in degree work as I went about my job. May God be with you as you climb Jacob's ladder to Heaven. Peace be with all your family and friends.

Dorothy Brown
   Posted Sat November 25, 2017


To are wonder full friend Ernie who will be sadly missed.

Benny Clements and family
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
We are sorry for your loss. I was going to go see him. Not many of our age left
Hope he wasn't in pain.

Rita Anspaugh
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
Life on Earth is so short but it continues on joyously above. May the family be consoled by that fact. My thoughts are with you as you go through this time of grief. May the love of family and friends get you through this time of sorrow.

Cecil (Ed) Robison
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
Sending my family's Condolences to all of Ernie's family.
Ernie was an Icon in Pioneer for sure and will be missed. Hate to say how many times he bent over backwards to help people in need and myself included. RIP

Paul & Kris Kurtz
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
We send our deepest condolences To Donna and the rest of the family, he will be deeply missed! The days Scott and I spent running around the Gamble store are some of my favorite childhood memories.

Sharon Brown
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Sorry to here of your loss, he was a really nice person.

Lexi McEwen (Eidenier)
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
I called him Uncle Ernie even though he wasn't my uncle. I have fond memories of him from childhood. I remember him taking me for a ride in one of his classic cars in the rumble seat. He was a kind and funny man and will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you, may he rest in peace.

Dr. Dan Spencer
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
Dear Aunt Donna, Duane, Scott, Vicki, & family;
We are very saddened to hear of Uncle Ernie's passing. I will always remember his smile and good nature as he put up with all the kids at holidays! He was a wonderful man and I was blessed to have known him. We wish you peace at this time.
Dan & Michelle, Nathan, Katelyn, & Nicholas Spencer

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