World War II Veteran, Ernest F. Carney, Jr., age 86, passed away at his home in McMinnville on Sunday, December 16th, 2012.
Ernest was born July 12, 1926 in Clifton Springs NY, son of Ernest F. Carney Sr. and Frances Arnold Carney. He served in the National Guard for 2 years before being drafted in May of 1945. While stationed at the Tooele Army Depot in Utah he helped set up the gas depot to store poisonous gasses. He enlisted in March of 1946 and was honorably discharged in March of 1947.
Ernest lived in Syracuse NY where he worked at Spector Oldsmobile Cadillac dealership. He met Helen E. Hart on a blind date they married on August 25th 1945 in Mexico NY. They had four children. Helen died in a car accident in 1961.
He later married Betty LaQuier on Feb. 24th 1962. They settled in Gouverneur, NY with Bettys two children. Betty died July 8 2005.
Ernest worked at MRS Printing (Tribune Press) as a pressman for many years before moving to McMinnville TN where he began working for Womack Printing then retiring a few years later.
He loved coaching Little League baseball and did so for many years. He was an avid supporter of the New York Yankees then the Atlanta Braves once settled in Tennessee. In earlier years he enjoyed fishing behind his home in Gouverneur. He and his wife enjoyed bowling, going to craft fairs, was a horse show enthusiast, playing cards and gardening.
He is survived by brother Don & Rita Carney of Potsdam, NY, sons; Robert and Patricia of Ooltewah, TN and Thomas and Sherry of Bridgeport, NY. Daughters; Linda and George Love and Sharon and Doug Villeneuve of Gouverneur, NY. Step-daughters; Monica Maetzold of Garland, TX and Nona and Mark Guertin of McMinnville TN. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.
Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Helen, his 2nd wife Betty, sister Joan Fortino, brother Edward Carney, and step-son Francis D. LaQuier, Jr.
Per Ernests request, there are no calling hours or funeral service. He was cremated and his ashes will be placed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 106 East End Drive, McMinnville, TN 37110.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.