Robert A. Erne, 66, of Kelleys Island, died Friday evening, Nov. 23, 2007, in Admiral's Pointe, Huron, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 7, 1940, on Kelleys Island, the son of Roy and Iva (Riedy) Erne. He was a 1958 graduate of Kelleys Island High School. He was employed by Seaway Marina, Kellstone Quarries, and retired from the Village Pump. He was a lifelong member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and was also a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed following the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His sisters, Renetta Matso of Sandusky and Geraldine Betzenheimer of Kelleys Island; nieces, Pam Betzenheimer of Kelleys Island and Renee (Timothy) Dee of Sandusky; nephew, Richard (Caroline) Matso of Sandusky; a great-niece; two great-nephews; and best friends, Michael Dwight and Will Stoup survive him. He also leaves behind his faithful Boston terrier, Bandit.
His parents; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Matso and Lawrence Betzenheimer; and niece, Carolyn Matso Ahlers, preceded him in death.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. Tuesday until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Kelleys Island. Burial will follow in Kelleys Island Cemetery.
Groff Funeral Home is handling arrangements.