Ernie Misch Sr., age 98 years 15 days, died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Belmont Nursing Home, Harper Woods, Mich. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene (nee Patten) Misch, in 2001 and sister, Gertrude Elban, in 2002. Ernie and Irene married in Port Huron, Mich., on Nov. 22,1936, at Trinity Lutheran Church. They moved from Port Huron and resided in Royal Oak for 65 years. Ernie and Irene were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Huron, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Royal Oak, from 1943 until 1995, and then members at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Warren, Mich. Ernie's parents' families emigrated in 1881 from the area of Bytow, Prussia, and the family had very close family and philosophical ties to the homeland. He was raised in the independent spirit of Prussian Germany. This very independent spirit manifested itself in him and fostered his self-reliance throughout his life. He was fiercely independent and never wavered in his belief and reliance on the Triune God, attending church weekly. He came of age in the time of the advanced technology of the radio and he used this ability and experience to earn a living during the Depression. Radio and television electronics were a constant interest and hobby for his lifetime. He was fascinated by the Internet and used his email connection often to share stories with family and friends. His career from 1937 to 1975 as a machinist in the steel industry supported the air land sea World War II war effort and later the burgeoning Detroit auto industry. After retirement in 1975 he continued his interest in electronics and marveled at the advances of the transistor and the potential of solid state circuitry. As an amateur photographer, he loved to travel with his family to appreciate the natural wonders of our world. Ernie is survived by his sons, Ernest R. (Mil) Misch, James A. (Christine) Misch; grandchildren, Ian (Cheryl) Misch of Mesa, Ariz., Susan (Dan) Lawrence of Warren, and Lisa (Kirk) Werner of Wixom, Mich; six great-grandchildren, Roy, Dean and Aaron Lawrence, Hunter Kovack, and Brandon and Hai-ley Werner; sisters, Eileen McKenzie and Eleanor Hall, both of Port Huron, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak. The Rev. Ralph Unger will officiate. Memorial donations in his name to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 would be appreciated.
Published in The Daily Tribune on April 18, 2008.
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