Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Leikness & Stahl Funeral Home in Plainfield.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 p.m. Sunday until the services.
Condolences may be offered online at www.plainfieldfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Ernie was born Aug. 23, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., a son of the late Joseph C. and Mabel (Hartman) Ernie.
He went to work at a young age and worked in various capacities, but mostly as an electrician and mechanic.
He was married to Karen Ann (Ryle) Reichardt Feb. 14, 1992, in Chicago, Ill.
The couple resided in Lake Geneva for many years.
Survivors include his wife: Karen; five children, Louise (Scott) Reinier, Mark (Nellie) Angel, Donna Sanford, Kimberley (Patrick) Sweetie and Heather Ryle; one sister, Josephine Ernie; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special friends, Jamie Krol and Dave Jagodzinski.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Worstat and Geraldine Morey; and three brothers, Fredrick, Johnny and Henry.