Ronald “Butch” Ernest, 75, of Wheeling, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at home.

He was born October 30, 1942 in Wheeling; the son of the late Jared and Mildred Frazier Ernest.

He was a retired coal miner; U.S. Army veteran; loved to hunt, fish, and carry on conversations.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sharon Shaffer Ernest; three daughters, Jill (Bill Deaton) Ernest, Cheryl (Brad) Johnson, Karen Maidens; two sisters, Margaret Hensler, Mary Alice Wyatt; three brothers, Edwin, Jerry, and Robert Ernest; four grandchildren, Alaire Ernest, Lindsey Maidens, Zackary Maidens, Jesse Johnson; several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Saturday from noon until the time of service at 4 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 1 Ridgecrest Rd, Bethlehem/Wheeling, with Dennis Arnold, Minister officiating.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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