Wilbur "Will" Ernst
(1934 - 2012)
Published in The Cincinnati
Enquirer on December 13, 2012
Ernst, of Hilliard, OH passed away peacefully on December 11, 2012 at
Altercare of Hilliard from complications related to Parkinson's.
Will was born on January 13, 1934 in Norwood, OH. He grew up in Cincinnati
where he graduated from Withrow High School and the University of Cincinnati,
receiving his masters degree in administration in the early sixties.
Known as an outstanding basketball and baseball player, he played for
UC in the Jack Twyman era. Following his time at UC, he spent one year
as a pitcher in the minor leagues. He was a coach in the Cincinnati school
system both at Withrow and Taft High Schools.
In 1969, he moved his family to Spain for four years to coach and teach
basketball. Upon returning to Ohio in 1973, he took a job in the Hilliard
school district where he worked for 26 years first as a teacher and coach,
and later as an administrator and athletic director. He received numerous
awards and honors throughout his lifetime.
Will was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Rose Ernst and his
brother and sister in law Charles and Carol Ernst.
He leaves behind his sister Lorraine (Jim) Wilson, his devoted wife of
56 years Phyllis (Arlene Lamblin), three cherished children Sandi (Jon)
Perez, Staci (Tim) Weller and Moses (Heather) Ernst, six wonderful grandchildren
Nicolas and Lauren Perez, Justin and Jared Weller, and Riley and Tommy
Will was an avid sports enthusiast. He loved the Cincinnati Bearcats,
Bengals and Reds and spent a lifetime loving the game of golf.
In later years, he enjoyed singing with the Hilliard Happiness Entertainers
and was referred to by all as the "ultimate gentleman". He was
a member of the Hilliard Lion's Club, Kiwanis Club and Republican Club.
The family would like to thank Altercare of Hilliard, Dr. Friedenberg,
Hospice for their compassionate care and the Buckeye Brain Bank where
Will is donating his brain to further the research of Parkinson's Disease.
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at TIDD FUNERAL
HOME; 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH; followed by a service at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hilliard Davidson Athletic
Boosters (5100 Davidson Road, Hilliard 43026) to be used to assist student
athletes in their pursuits on the court and in the classroom.
A private family inurnment will be held at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.