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April 15, 2014

Ernest Leon Furnas

TERRE HAUTE — Ernest Leon Furnas, 94, of Terre Haute, died peacefully at home on Monday, April 14, 2014. He was born in Terre Haute, on Sept. 13, 1919, to the late Nolan and Naomi Furnas.

During World War II, he served in 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre in Saipan-Tinian, Guam, Okinawa, and Nagasaki, Japan.

Ernie worked 30 years for the New York Central Railroad as a car repairman. He was the founder and former owner of Green Acres Dairy Bar. He was a member of the North Terre Haute Christian Church, Retired Railroad Employees Association, National Buffalo Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Marine Corps League.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Gwendaline Furnas; sons, Larry D. (Pamela) and Edward N. (Louise) Furnas; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

Ernie’s wife, Mildred Furnas; his son, Ronald Furnas; his daughters, Carol Milner and Lou Ann Deighten; and his granddaughter, Barbara Deighten, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be Friday, April 18, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home, 4660 N. Lafayette Ave. Services will follow immediately at 1 p.m. Burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park with military graveside honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice.

 

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