Robert Frederick Ernst, 79, of Sheridan, passed away at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan on August 26, 2009.
Born in Sheridan on July 24, 1930, to Ernest and Zelda (Hawkins) Ernst, Bob attended Holy Name School and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1948. As a youth, he was active in both 4-H and FFA. After completing two years at Colorado State College, he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Animal Husbandry.Bob formed life-long Irish friendships when he was sponsored for an International Farm Youth Exchange Program in Ireland in 1952. Following that, Bob then served with a US Army tour of duty in Korea.Returning to Sheridan, he engaged in ranching and the chicken hatchery business before opening A to Z Rental in 1964. Bob and his wife, Linda, later changed the business name to Rent-it Center and continued operations until selling the business in 2001.Retirement brought a return trip to Ireland for Bob and Linda to renew friendships there. Other highlights have included daily "show-and-tell business meetings" with his two coffee groups, assisting the Women of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with their projects, and working in his yard. Bob served as a board member of the Genesis Foundation, First National Bank, and Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge 520 and enjoyed volunteering in 4-H programs when his girls were young.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Immediate survivors include wife Linda Hein Ernst, daughters Ann Ernst of Casper, WY, and Lisa (Alex) Knox of Chandler, AZ, grandchildren Nicole and Thompson Knox, and sister Audrey (David) Downes of Chico, CA.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2009 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Reverend Kevin Jones officiating. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be sent in Bob’s name to the Genesis Foundation, c/o Mary Lou Sare, 445 W. Loucks, Sheridan WY 82801, the Welch Cancer Center, 1585 W. 5th St., Sheridan WY 82801, or the Kalif Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Travel Fund, PO Box K, Sheridan WY 82801.