In Memory

Gregory (Greg) Ernst

Gregory (Greg) Ernst

Gregory (Greg) Allan Ernst

Greg was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Salem, Ore., the fifth of eight children born to Paul and Bertilla Ernst.

Greg moved to Ridgecrest in 1975 where he fell in love with the desert, mountains and surrounding area and enjoyed learning about local history.

Greg passed away at home on June 12, 2020, from complications caused by Lewy Body Dementia.

Greg is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susie; son, Joseph of Ridgecrest; step sons, Stephen Smith of Inyokern, Stacy/Debbie Smith of Ridgecrest; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters; and five brothers.

He is preceded in death by his parents and stepson Scott Smith.

Greg was a graduate of Oregon State University and San Jose State University.

Greg was employed as a teacher at Sierra Sands Unified School District teaching at both Burroughs High School and Mesquite High School until his retirement in 2004. Greg was an adjunct instructor at Cerro Coso College for many years and enjoyed teaching weight lifting as well as other fitness courses.

Greg was an avid sports enthuthiast throughout his life and was on the All-Star Wrestling Olympic team while in high school and Football Player of the Year while at Oregon State University. Greg also spent many years in the valley as youth league coach in basketball, soccer and football.

Greg loved working outdoors gardening and building things, traveling to many destinations throughout the world with his wife, Susie and spending time with his family.

Memorial services TBA at a later date.

A special thank you to Dr. Melanie Willis, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Rural Health, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Hospice and Father Dowds, All Faith Chapel.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Research Foundation.

— Submitted by the family of Greg Ernst

Story First Published: 2020-06-19

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08/02/20 02:58 PM #1    

Steve Krome

Rest in Peace Greg. Tried to look up where you were ever time I went through Mojave to no avail.

08/02/20 03:08 PM #2    

Janice Groth (Hoagland)

Such a nice guy! He was a good athlete also. Sounds like he had a very productive life. I'm sure he will be missed.

08/03/20 11:43 AM #3    

Kathryn Fine

I am so sorry to hear of Greg's passing.  I remember Greg fondly.  He was a great athlete and a very nice person.  My heart goes out to his loved ones.  

08/03/20 12:32 PM #4    

Gail Presson (Hubbard)

So sorry to hear another one of our classmate gone!  Greg will be remembered as a great athlete and a fun person!  

08/03/20 01:04 PM #5    

DiAne Friedrich (Fischer)

To all of your family, Greg, may they be comforted in this time of saying a final goodbye. Your life was a great one and many remember your helpfulness, cheerful demeanor and athleticism!



08/03/20 02:51 PM #6    

Tom Mordock

Greg was a wonderful person to me and everyone at PHHS. Big, strong, but a teddy bear off the field. 
I remember very fondly.  Tom

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