He was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Warsaw, to Stewart and Ethel (Snyder) Thompson. He lived his whole life in Warsaw.
His first marriage was to Helen B. Dickerhoff on June 24, 1950, in Mentone, Ind. His second marriage was to Lucille Foreman on July 4, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was co-owner with his wife, Helen, of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Marshall, Iowa, from 1962-1965; and also co-owner with his wife of “The Keg” in Leesburg, Ind. He retired in 1985.
Ernest was a member of Warsaw Elks Lodge and Warsaw Moose Lodge, Monte Vista County Elks (Florida) and Palmetto Moose Lodge (Florida).
He is survived by two step-sons: Richard Dickerhoff, Mentone; and Charles (Norma) Fawley, Warsaw; two step-daughters: Virginia (Carl) Heisler, Claypool, Ind.; and Twylla Tolley, Cincinnati, Ohio; nine step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: Earl Thompson, Claypool; and Eddie Thompson, Indiana; a sister: Helen Jean Schooley, Elkhart, Ind.; and a nephew: Ron Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his first wife: Helen B. Thompson; his second wife: Lucille Thompson; his parents: Stewart and Ethel Thompson; four brothers: Raymond Thompson, Harley Thompson, LeRoy Thompson and Norman “Red” Thompson; three sisters: Mabel Phillips, Louise Miller and Marcella Cafer; two step-grandchildren; and a nephew: Ted Thompson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service will follow at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Pfeirfer of Warsaw Community Church, Warsaw. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials may be made to Tidewell Hospice Bradenton House (recipient), 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34238.