He was a resident of Kosciusko County, for the past 39 years where he was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Warsaw. He had a deep faith in God and the Catholic Church.
Ernest served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 until 1965 when he was honorably discharged. He retired as the Director of International Services for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw
He was born on Oct. 12, 1939 in South Bend, to Theodore A. Kolesiak and Casmira (Jeziorski) Kolesiak. On Feb. 23, 1963, he was married to Shirley Ann (Leda) Kolesiak, who passed away on March 1, 2013.
Ernest will be lovingly remembered by his two Daughters: Cynthia Romine, Warsaw; Karen (Kurt) Kratzch, Warsaw; son: Michael (Shannon) Kolesiak, Akron; eight grandchildren: Zach; Megan; Jacob; Derek; Sarah; Baylee; Ashlynn; and Jadyn; and one great-grandchildren: Tory. He also leaves behind his sister: Tina Springer, Tuscon, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister: Harriet Chlebek.
His visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, with a Rosary Service at 8 p.m.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Warsaw and celebrated by Father Phil DeVolder. A graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #49, V.F.W. #1126 and active members of the military. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, or to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, Warsaw, and would be appreciated by his family.