He is survived by his wife Linda of McCool Jct, his children: Cathy Daugherty of Tekamah, NE, Robyn (Larry) McKibbin of Stuart, IA, Danni (Doug) Brandt of Grand Island, and Matt (Ashley) Eckard of McCool Jct. His grandchildren include: Tony (Alex) Daugherty of Tekamah, Johrdyn (Ian) Horwath of New London, CT, Michael (Morgan) Eckard of Johnston, Iowa, Chris McKibbin of Omaha, Sarah McKibbon of Guthrie Center, Iowa, Damian Brandt, Denae Brandt and Dalton Brandt of Grand Island, and Melia Hongsermeier and Aerin Eckard of McCool Jct. His great grandchildren are: Miley, Everley, and Oakley Daugherty of Tekamah, Kenny Eckard and Liam Horwath of New London, CT, Elijah Eckard of Johnston, IA, and Nola Marsh, Maddox Marsh, and Addelynne Hale all of Guthrie Center, IA. Also surviving is his brother Charles Eckard of Spalding and two sisters Delores (Dwain) Kranz of Eddyville, NE and Sara Eckard of Oconto, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Margaret Kranz, Rose Haggerty and Evelyn Eckard. Nephews Jimmy Haggerty, Henry Haggerty, Ronnie Kranz, Louis Haggerty and Gary Kranz and his niece Pauline Haggerty.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10:30 am Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Metz Chapel in York. Military honors will be held following services at the mortuary. The family will greet friends an hour prior to services. Private family inurnment to be held at a later date. Casual attire is requested. It was Ernie’s wish to be cremated so there will be no viewing. Memorials may be sent to his family for later designation.