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Ernest Shade
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
May 5, 2010
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre


TAHLEQUAH -- Ernest Shade departed this life on Monday, May 3, 2010, at the age of 89 years, 8 months and 25 days. Services will be on Thursday at Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah at 1 p.m., with Brother Sam Keener presiding. Ernest will be laid to rest in the Keener Family Cemetery in Lost City.

Ernest was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Hulbert, the son of Albert and Annie (Smith) Shade. At an early age, Ernest joined the Civilian Conservation and was with them for three years. He was called up to the US Army in 1942, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

During his 30 years of service, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Ernest loved to travel, and he and Libby traveled all over the United States, enjoying camping and fishing. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart and American Legion. Ernest was a 32nd degree Mason. The Cherokee Nation presented Ernest with the Cherokee Warrior Award.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Annie Shade; five brothers, Tom, Carl, Houston, Babeonas and Leonard; three sisters, Ruby Gifford, Laura Shade and Annie Shade.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of the home; his children, Michael Ernest (Judy) Shade of Hulbert, Ernesdean (Charles) Murphy of Fort Yates, N.D., Donna Brown of Hulbert, Jimmy Johnson of the home, Jerry Johnson of Tennessee, J.R. (Jennifer) Wright of Oklahoma, and Jack (Angie) Wright of Arkansas; 17 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Maxine Neugin; sisters-in-law, Christine Shade, Vi Haven, and Tonya (Manford) Renner; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.

Ernest never met a stranger.


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