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4/15/2013 9:24:00 AM
Ernest Strain

Born - Oct. 24, 1930
Went Home - April 2, 2013
Ernest Strain born to James and Agnes Strain in Kent, Washington and graduated from Kent High School.
Ernie joined the U.S. Navy to avoid being drafted into the Army during the Korean War in 1950. He served on a Destroyer Tender Ship, based out of Japan. He was a bo'suns mate and drove the Captains gig. Not a bad gig!
He met Sandy, his wife and best friend of 56 years on a blind date. Ernie and Sandy started their life together in a 26 foot travel trailer, where they gave birth to a son, Mark James Strain.
Ernie was employed at the Kenworth Motor Company in 1954. He loved his work and set out to run the place. And that he did! Ernie retired after 42 years at Kenworth, where his son Bill still works today.
Mom and Dad purchased his childhood home from Jim and Agnes, where they gave birth to a second boy, Bill E. Strain. After that Ernie and Sandy moved up the hill to Des Moines where they met many good friends who came over to be with us for his service.
The family loved to go boating; it was always a part of life. They had a 15 foot Pacific Mariner with a 100 hp Merc. Lake Chelan was a yearly camping trip, literally all their lives. Sandy and Ernie joined the Carling Brewery Boat Club, and the family spent almost every weekend out on Puget Sound. Some wild times!
In 1993 Mom and Dad moved to this home in Manson where Ernie had almost 20 years of retirement with Sandy. They always loved to work in the yard. Ernie was a big Nascar Fan and never missed a race on TV. Papa has three grandchildren, Kassie (who he is with now) and two boys, Jacob and Sam here with us. Thanks for coming, now good night!

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