Aug. 22, 1949 - May 10, 2013
ELKHART - Ernest Joseph Laureys Jr., 63, of Elkhart, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, in his home, surrounded by family.
Ernie was born on Aug. 22, 1949, in South Bend. He is the son of Ernest J. and Loretta (Moyer) Laureys.
On Sept. 24, 1971, he married Diane M. Fowler. She passed away on July 27, 2011.
He is survived by three children, Ernest Laureys III of Fort Wayne, Michele Laureys of Elkhart and Steven (Kim) Laureys of Leesburg. He also has two grandchildren, Destiny and Allison Laureys. He is also survived by his mother, Loretta Laureys of New Carlisle. He also has four siblings, Evelyn Keene of Lafayette, Joseph (Carol) Laureys of New Carlisle, Kevin Laureys of New Carlisle and Janet (John) Rehlander of LaPorte. He also has six nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his father and wife.
Ernie retired from Carson's (the former Elder-Beerman) in 2011 after more than 20 years of service. He will be remembered for his love of sports and was on the ABC Bowling League at the Black Cat Alley. He also enjoyed cooking on the grill.
A memorial service will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Private burial will be at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.