Ernie DeCasper
1956 - 2019
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July 1956
November 21, 2019
Ernie DeCasper, the man with the Midas touch, passed away on November 21st, 2019 the way he wished - in his home, surrounded by his family, with his favorite tunes carrying him away.
At the age of 63, he left us too soon. But it makes sense - Ernie taught us, "early is on-time, and on-time is late." He also taught us to talk to strangers, success starts at 3 am, you're always #1, wear the silly hat even if no one likes it, and the best way to watch tv is with the volume as high as possible.
He is survived by his wife, Sheri Lou DeCasper and his daughters, Chelsea Rose DeCasper, Ashley Jae DeCasper, and Jennifer Nicole DeCasper. Papa is also survived by three pretty awesome grandkids, Enzo Miles Rivera, Jackson Jay Clark, and Jacoby Bena DeCasper.
Because Ernie was never one who likes attention, there will not be a funeral. Instead, if you wish to honor Ernie, light a cigarette, pour a Captain and Coke and raise your glass to celebrate his life. And remember, there's more to life than just what you can see. Believe!
Until we see you again - keep dancing in the moonlight, Ernie. Per the usual, we'll be late.

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Published in The Gazette from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2019.
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December 4, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the DeCasper family. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Justin Rzepka
December 3, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family.
I remember Ernie from high school; he was a wonderful and fun friend... Even though I hadn't seen him in many many years, I have fond memories of the good person he was!
Mary Austin
November 27, 2019
Ernie was truly one of a kind. I have worked with hundreds of managers in my 34 years in the garbage business and not one of them worked as hard as Ernie! We worked hard but we also played harder and I have many fond memories of Ernie, Dennis Brenner and I playing. I will always remember the fun time Sheri, Ernie and I had doing the OJ Simpson tour in Los Angeles. May God bless my good friend Ernie and my very deepest sympathies to Sheri and the family.
David Hall
November 27, 2019
My condolences to Aunt Sheri and the Girls... Wish I lived closer. My heart is broken and aches as I lose my favorites one by one, but doesn't hurt as much as losing a husband, best friend and daddy...
Uncle Ernie you are now free of this world. Have a fantastic time in heaven with my Daddy Bill Forney and Uncle Woody. Heaven is in for it now. I love you and until we meet again, hugs, kisses and love. Thank you for being a role model to my brothers and I... I will never forget our weekly camping trips..... Gone but never forgotten.
Crystal Forney
November 27, 2019
bryan scott
November 27, 2019
To my brother from another mother you were one of the greatest guys I've ever known the memories we shared together I will never forget to one of the best basketball players I ever played with and more important you were a person we all could count on no matter what the problem was you would show up now you can play again with all the greats up in heaven I will never forget you my brother
Fred Smith
November 26, 2019
Peace & prayers for your family. Another HHS alumni has moved on...but he will always with you, just another guardian angel...
Love Della (Gillette) Lyons
November 26, 2019
Prayers and sympathy to the family of Ernie. Glad to meet him in Nebraska several years ago. Life can be taken too soon. May our paths cross again, Sherry, in Nebraska.
Jackie Uhri
November 26, 2019
Godspeed Sir! You were a blessing to all that knew you. Grab Ed and give him a tight hug from me! You will forever live on in our hearts and our stories! Thank you for everything you taught me!
Lori Reattoire
November 26, 2019
Sheri,so sad to hear that Erie passed away he was such a great guy we all have such good memories of him,he will truly be missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Love Bob Sandy and family.
November 26, 2019
My sincere condolences for your loss. Your dad must indeed have been awesome by the way you turned out. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Deborah Jordan
November 26, 2019
Sending love, guidance, and clarity to the family of Ernie DeCasper.
Alaura Ervin
November 26, 2019
Ernie was one of kind all the way around. I feel very blessed to have enjoyed his friendship over the years. As a colleague, all I can say is his work ethic was unmatched and his knowledge and willingness to mentor me over the years is something that I will be forever grateful for.
Shannon smith
November 26, 2019
There will never be another Ernie.. The boys always looked up to their Uncle Ernie he was a great role model for our young boys. They especially enjoyed hearing stories about what he did in high school sports. There was always a little competition to see if one of the boys would be as tall as their Uncle Ernie. Well one day one of the boys looked him straight in the eye and Ernie said damn boy I think you're as tall as I am. But you'll never throw a football as far as I can. That really started some friendly competition. I don't know if that question was ever settled.
We will definitely raise a glass in his honor. Uncle Ernie you will be missed. We all love you.
Allan & Michele Karschnik
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