Ernest (Ernie) Elmer Anderson, age 91, passed away in Barstow on Jan. 2, 2014. He was born the son of Emil and Marie (Larsen) Anderson on March 20, 1922 in Colville.
Ernie spent most of his childhood near Boyds and along the Kettle River. While going to school, he worked with his father on their ranch, where they raised cattle and grew hay. He graduated from Marcus High School in 1941.
In 1945, Ernie married Enes Davis. Together they re-opened the Barstow Store. In 1955, Ernie and his wife bought a ranch on Kelly Hill and sold the store one year later to focus on the ranch, which was his dream.
In 1967, his ranch was named Stevens County Cattleman of the Year. After selling a large portion of the ranch in 1973, he bought a hotel in Colville and also got into real estate. In 1995, Ernie and Enes moved to the Kettle River.
Ernie was a member of the Kettle River Grange for many years and helped with its remodeling. Ernie also served on the school board for many years and was a member of the Farmers Elevator Board and the Washington Cattlemenâ€™s Association. He was also an ASC Chairperson.
Ernie was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. He also went on many fishing trips with his wife and friends, canning the fish they caught. The most enjoyment in his life was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ernie was preceded in death by her parents; wife Enes; sons Gary and Bernie; grand-daughter, Colleen, and brother, Melvin.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice LaGasse; grandchildren, Gary Hanley, Eric Anderson, Hope Anderson and Chris Salo; great-grandchildren, Brandon Allen, Justin McComb, Sarah Hanley, McKenzie, Kiernan, Everly, Delaney Anderson and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Ernie will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Kettle River Grange Hall in Barstow, with a potluck to follow.
Graveside service will follow the potluck at Highland Cemetery in Colville.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Ernieâ€™s name to the Kettle River Grange.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.