W. Ernest “Ernie” Clevenger, 96, of Parsons, a longtime rural Erie and Galesburg farmer and stockman, passed away at 8:13 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society of Parsons.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1925, at Wellington to Allen Joseph Benson and Leona (Kufus) Clevenger. Ernie grew up near South Haven and moved to Neosho County, where he attended Erie schools and graduated from Erie High School in 1943.
Ernie went to work on the family farm after finishing high school and was a Neosho County farmer and stockman for many years until his retirement in 2012. He also owned an Allis-Chalmers implement dealership in Parsons.
Ernie was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Parsons. He was active in various gospel ministries over the years, spreading the message of Jesus. Ernie also served his community by being a Neosho County commissioner for several years.
Ernie and Geraldine J. “Gerry” Naffziger were married on Jan. 25, 1948, at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Parsons. She preceded him in death on Sept. 25, 2013.
He is survived by his four sons, Kendall Clevenger and his wife, Deb, of rural Erie, Charles Clevenger and his wife, Windy, of Miami, Oklahoma, Mark Clevenger of rural Erie and Joe Clevenger of Parsons; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a few great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Joan Stanley of Parsons.
In addition to his wife, Ernie was preceded in death by two stillborn children, John William Clevenger and Dinah June Clevenger; a grandson, Gabriel Clevenger; and a great-grandson, Chaz Levi Clevenger.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie with burial following in Lakeview Cemetery near Erie. Friends may go to the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to sign the register and view.
Memorials are suggested to the Galesburg Relief Fund and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 113 S. Main St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.