By Rob Holston
March 17, 2012
He married Jan Anderson and they had two sons, Ron & Kenny. Some of my recollections of my uncle was how he dug a water well “single- handedly” at his home in the rock infested soils of my small western Montana home town of Rollins. He built the small house on that property also, mostly by himself. I remember he took special training and became a parts specialists for a heavy industrial parts supply company in Kalispell.
Just a few years back uncle Ernie came to Ketchikan for a visit with his son and grandson Ron & Gregg. We were fortunate to catch a few king salmon in Clover Pass that June and I recall Ernie fashioning a strap around his neck and fishing pole and landing a 25 pound king.
Back home in Montana he and his wife volunteered to deliver food with the “Meals on Wheels” program. I have no doubt that most of the “clients” Ernie & Jan delivered to were younger than them at the time.
Ernie also enjoyed the game of golf. Even with just one arm, he had a wicked drive, mid-range and short game. His life was full and rewarding with the family he had that included grand and great-grand kids. He and Jan had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
So I salute my uncle and in so doing I offer him up as an example to other veterans who may be returning from Iraq or Afghanistan as wounded veterans. There can be a full life ahead of you by maximizing your potential and minimizing the effects of your war wounds. I also encourage communities to embrace these returning vets and helping them with educational, social & economic opportunities.
Received March 15, 2012 - Published March 17, 2012
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