In Memoriam : Ernest Williams

Ernest "Ernie" Williams - age: 96
(May 27, 1914 to March 10, 2011 )
Resident of Ukiah, California

Ernest “Ernie” Ridpath Williams

Private services were held for Ernie Williams of Ukiah who passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at a local care home.
Born May 27, 1914 in Ukiah, Ernie was home schooled by his mother, Ethel Williams, in his early years. As more people moved to the general area, there were enough children and Ernie’s father, Frank Williams with help from others, built a small one-room schoolhouse on the headwaters of Big River. The school was about 2 ½ miles, by trail, from the Williams home.
There were a total of 5 children in the Williams Family. Sisters – Una Smith of Santa Rosa and Jean Dalpoggetto of Santa Rosa and brothers – Roy Williams of Willits and Glenn Williams of Ukiah – all deceased.
Ernie began his service in the Army on February 19, 1941. He was very proud to be a Veteran. His tour of duty came to an end on July 7, 1943 when he was granted a discharge to return to the Family Ranch where he worked for the next four years. He was a self-employed logger and rancher.
Ernie was most proud of his family. He raised 4 children with his wife Mary Williams who preceded him in death in 1992.
He is survived by his sons Dan Gill and Bruce William of Ukiah and Forest Williams of New York, NY and daughter Judy Westbrook of Eugene, OR. Ernie is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he adored.
Ernie was very interested in his Scottish heritage. He enjoyed traveling to Scotland to study his heritage and family tree.
Ernie will be most remembered for his lighthearted wisdom he shared with us as what we like to call “Ernie-isms”. “You will understand when your children are born.”
Eversole Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LizBeth LaBarbara - June 2, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Dearest Bruce, Forest, Judy and family, Sending you much love and sincerest condolences on the loss of your dad -- a great loss to our world indeed. I've been blessed to know him and you, so I wish to share how much our brief time together has meant to me. Because of Ernie I have wonderful memories of bagpipe music, strolling amid giant redwoods, watching gentle sheep grazing at twilight, the best barbecue anywhere, sharing genealogy and all things Scottish and, most especially, the amazing friends I met in all of you. Then there are his "Ernie-isms" I loved hearing and the knack you have for quoting them so well, Bruce! These are a just a few notes to express how his Spirit seemed as strong and grand as those giant trees -- it lives on in all of us he welcomed into his life. May you and yours be comforted. May you rest peacefully, dear Ernie...