Ernest L. Gribner, 87, passed peacefully on September 12, 2019 at his Ocean Park residence. Born August 8, 1932 in Goldendale, Washington he was the son of Gus Gribner, a native of Germany, and Elizabeth (Ladiges), a native of the White Salmon/Glenwood area near Mt. Adams. Ernie grew up on the family farm in Glenwood where he attended school.
During the Korean Conflict he served in the US Army. Following his military service he moved to Portland where he worked for a roofing company, later graduating from Portland State University.
Moving to Vancouver, Washington he worked as district accountant for the Washington Department of Transportation until retirement. A Christian, he attended City Harvest Church in Vancouver and locally attended Family Worship Center in Ocean Park. Ernie loved classic automobiles, was proud of his 1965 Ford T-bird and had an extensive collection of die cast cars.
On July 8, 1961 he married Sharon Dell Pixler in Portland. She died earlier. Survivors include his son Keith Allen Gribner of Ocean Park; daughter Kathryn Ann McMahan of Vancouver, WA; sister Lois Dechand of Glenwood, WA; grandchildren Ashland Brown, Shaylan Gribner, Kimberlan Gribner, Makaylan Gribner, Manny Gribner; and great-grandchildren Nelson Brown and Evelynn Treasure.
Celebration of His Life will be Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:00 PM at the Family Worship Center, 26310 Ridge in Ocean Park. Potluck following. Guests are welcome to attended the worship service at 11 AM. His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.