ADA — Earnest “Ernie” Hackworth, age 91, died on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 2:22 a.m., at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born on Nov. 10, 1922, in Bonanza, Kentucky, to Greeley and Elizabeth (Caudill) Hackworth and they preceded him in death. On Feb. 5, 1946, he married Susan Harmon and she died on May 1, 1999.

Ernie retired from Sheller Globe, Superior Coach Division, of Lima, after 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Philippines during WWII from March 5, 1943, to Nov. 30, 1945.

Ernie was a member of the LaFayette Missionary Baptist Church. He also belonged to the American Legion Post 185, of Ada, Ada VFW Post 9381, and Sager Lodge 513 F&AM.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane (Gary) Spradlin, of Lima, and Vicki (Anthony) Wolke, of Ada; three grandchildren, Matt Spradlin, of Lima, Jason (Michelle) Wolke, of Wapakoneta, and Jennifer (Bruce) Fisher, of Harrod; nine great-grandchildren, Stephen, Brandon, Bruce, Jr., Taylor, Cody, Nick, Nathan, Matthew, Kherrington and Zach; and a sister, Alta Mae Hackworth, of Wooster.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Nathan Alan Spradlin; one great-grandson Gary Neil (Gator) Spradlin, II; five brothers, Everett, Cecil, Manis, Maynard and twin brother, Earl Hackworth; four sisters, Mary Alice Pruitt, Elsie Leak, Flora Conley and Edna Floor.

A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Rev. Kenny Waldroup and Rev. Ellis Puckett officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, with Military Honors conducted by the Ada VFW Post 9381 Honor Guard.

Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, July, 15, 2014, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bridge Home Health & Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio, 45840, and/or the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

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