Maurice Bruce Ernest

November 6, 1940 - July 30, 2017

Maurice Bruce Ernest


Belvidere, IL

Maurice Bruce Ernest, 76, passed away peacefully Sunday July 30th, surrounded by his family.  He was born November 6th, 1940 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, son of Bill and Evelyn Ernest.  He was married to Judy Elaine Nelson for 55 wonderful years.

Maurice is survived by his wife Judy, his three sons; David (Micki) of Poplar Grove, IL, Steve (Mayela) of Windsor, CT, and Jeff (Michelle) of Garden Prairie.  He also was very proud of each of his 9 grandchildren, Mandi (Matt) Bernatz, Abbi and Malli; Derek, Emily and Katie; Maya, Carlos and Lia, and 2 great-grand daughters, Cynthia and Charlotte Bernatz.   Also surviving are sister Dora Stewart of Wilson, NY, and sister-in-law Beverly Cofrancesco of Venice, FL.   He is predeceased, by his parents, and brother David.

Maurice enlisted in the navy in 1958 when he was 17.  While stationed in Rhode Island he met Judy, the love of his life, on a blind date.  They were married in Waterbury, CT on July 7th, 1962.  Shortly after that, he was stationed on the USS Independence in the naval blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

They lived in Rhode Island until he was discharged from the Navy.  They moved back to Belle Fourche for three years.  In 1967, they moved to Belvidere, IL with two other couples from South Dakota to work at the new Chrysler plant.  They joined Zion Lutheran Church where they have continued to worship and have many good friends still today.  After 3 days of working at Chrysler, he switched to Camcar in Belvidere, where he worked for 13 years.

He studied and received his A.S. in Engineering from Rock Valley College in 1983. With this degree and interest in computers since their early days, he became a draftsman and an early adopter of CAD software and worked for Sundstrand.  In 1994, he started and ran a successful business called “Old House Repair” as a handyman until he retired in 2001.  Following retirement he spent many years volunteering at local organizations including the Lions Club, The Boone County Museum of History, Youth groups at Zion Lutheran and others.

He was an excellent husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; a good friend and neighbor, and happy to give of himself and his time to others.  He will be missed greatly by his wife, family, friends, and all those who knew him.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1300 Pearl St. Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Scott Stolberg officiating.  A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Thursday, August 3, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Friday, August 4, 2017
10:00 am

Zion Lutheran Church


A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1300 Pearl St. Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Scott Stolberg officiating.

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Steve, I just learned of your father’s passing. You and your whole family have my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Kristin Emmons 2017-08-14T14:00:59

Dave and family sorry to hear about your dad. May your memories comfort you and your family in the days to come.God Bless.

Brenda Dermer 2017-08-03T22:15:47

Dear Judy,
I still remember Maurice’s smile whenever he would come to visit you when you worked in the ER.
Please accept our deepest condolences and wishes.
George and Natalie Gorchynsky

George Gorchynsky 2017-08-03T18:58:50

Our Sympathy to the Ernest family, We met Maurice and Judy several times when they visited their son Steve and his family in Conn. We love our neighbors like our own family, and offer you our heartfelt prayers at this time in your life. God Bless you all.

Victor and Jean Desjardins 2017-08-03T13:29:15

Morrie was one of my favorite people. Honest, caring and loyal to his savior, family and community. I am sorry to miss his funeral, I have a medical procedure that I can not skip.

Karl Otto 2017-08-03T00:15:11

My sincerest condolences.

Jeremy Stager 2017-08-02T18:24:22

Dear Ernest family my thoughts ans prayers are with you! Maury was and is a great person! Love to all!
Kate Verken Holloway

Kate Holloway 2017-08-02T01:21:39

Our condolences to the Ernest family.We are sorry to hear of your loss. The Chandler Family.

Tim Chandler 2017-08-02T00:28:16

Sorry for your loss.

Betsy Verken Albright 2017-08-01T20:42:40

Dear Judy and family I am so sorry to hear of Maurice’s passing that is just awful. I had hoped to get up your way some time this summer. I have a lot of good memories of Maurice when we were kids. And will always remember that thanks giving day the turkey was to big for the oven.but we all had a good time. Thinking of you and your family God Bless you all. Gary Fink

Gary Fink 2017-08-01T20:27:42

Dear Judy and family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. We know Maury was greatly loved and will be missed.

God Bless,
Judy and Bob Kemp

Judy and Bob kemp 2017-08-01T19:45:31

Ernest family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the good Lord be with you during this most difficult time. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

The Daniels family 2017-08-01T19:20:53

RIP our freind! You are at peace with GOD! You’ll get be missed by all!

Mary sue Lungstrom 2017-08-01T17:44:47

My sincere condolences go out to Mrs. Ernest and her family.

George Crawford 2017-08-01T16:42:17

I always enjoyed seeing Maurice at the Boone County Museum of History. His smile and friendliness to all will be missed. My sympathy to Judy and his family and friends.

Darlene Schoepski 2017-08-01T15:39:11

Thinking of you all. Many prayers to the whole f amily

Kimberly Whitt 2017-08-01T14:10:01

Dear Judy and family,
We are sending our prayers to you all and thinking of you in this time of sadness. He was such a wonderful and caring person. He had such a beautiful smile. Such an honor to have met him at church. God be with you all through this time of sorrow. God bless and love you all. ❤
Art & Kay Boudreau

Kay Boudreau 2017-08-01T10:36:14

Maurie, You were a fun guy to be around. Your humor and great laugh will be sorely missed. You did a great job in raising some great kids, but most importantly were the contributions you made and gave back to your community. You gave life to our Lions Club and you were always ready for a good laugh and story. Surely the community lost a great guy but now heaven can be blessed by your presence as long as you take along your wit, humor, and love with you. I know you will be entertaining some old friends whom have gone before you once again, so as the old story goes, you are Heavens gain and our loss. Rest in Peace my friend and we will see you on the other side. And to the Earnest family, do not be sad, your dad brought much happiness to so many, and we know you are proud of his time here on this earth, so wrap yourself in knowing that Maurie was loved by many he gave us an inspiration that will live on for years to come.

William D Villont/Belvidere Lions Club. 2017-08-01T09:40:49

Very sorry for your family’s loss!!! Thoughts & prayers to you all during this difficult time!!
Andy & Sue Pearson

Andy & Sue Pearson 2017-08-01T07:49:24

Dear Judy, Sheriff Ernest and family,

We wish you God’s peace and comfort during this difficult time of grieving the passing of your dear husband and father. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Ed and Becky Krieger

Ed and Becky Krieger 2017-08-01T04:39:21

So sorry dave to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Craig woosley 2017-08-01T04:18:18


Bob and Terri Alderman 2017-08-01T04:04:47

So sorry for your loss Dave and family. I didn’t know your Dad but I’m sure he was a wonderful man. With our condolences, Trudy and Jeff Flippo

Trudy Flippo 2017-08-01T03:08:35

My condolences to the Ernest family.

Tom Merchie 2017-08-01T02:52:18

Lifting your family up in prayer, Maurice always had a smile for everyone..

Sherry and Ken Hicks 2017-08-01T00:29:52


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