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Ernest Lee "Ernie" Gaston, Jr., a longtime resident of Henryetta, was called to Heaven to be with the Lord on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Henryetta at the age of 93. Ernie was born on February 15, 1925 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Ernest L. Gaston, Sr. and Ina (Bookout) Gaston.
Ernie grew up a proud Henryettan and married the love of his life, Clorene Atwood on June 10, 1944 in Henryetta. They remained happily married for 73 years until his death. Ernie began his working career at the PPG Glass plant in Henryetta where he served for 34 years before his retirement from PPG. Following that career, he became an electrical contractor, a career which spanned over many years. Ernie was a loving son and brother, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was an extraordinary provider for his family. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf and he delighted in camping, especially with his family. He was a special daddy and grandfather and he will be missed by his family and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Clorene Gaston of the home; two daughters, Carolyn Carper and husband Charles of Broken Arrow and Ernestine Hedrick of Morris; his sister, Ruth Gaston Krienhagen of Muskogee; two granddaughters, Kellie Gordineer of Coweta and Michele Berryhill and husband Joe of Morris; a grandson, Michael Kelley of Okmulgee; seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; a nephew, James Trudeau and wife Mary Jo of Sallisaw; as well as other extended family and many good friends.
Viewing for Ernie will be held from 8am-8pm on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Integrity Funeral Service.
A funeral service for Ernie will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Integrity Chapel in Henryetta with Rev. Rick Harrison officiating. A committal service and entombment will follow immediately at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Tarwater, Larry Joe Jozwiak, Gene Hedrick, Jerry Dickey, Miles Sasser, and Joe Berryhill.