Gerald (Jerry) Raymond Ernst - 7/19/2017

Gerald (Jerry) Raymond Ernst-7/19/2017

BOONVILLE – Gerald (Jerry) Raymond Ernst, 77, of Schuyler Street died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday evening, July 16, 2017. He was born in Utica, NY, on June 11, 1940, a son of Ralph and Violet Ryan Ernst. He grew up in Utica and the family moved to Schenectady when he was a teenager. The family then moved back to Utica. Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He was united in marriage with Diane Dudek on October 12, 1963 at St. Paul’s Church, Whitesboro. After the couple was married, they lived in Utica and Whitesboro, and moved to Boonville in 1970. Jerry served in the Village of Boonville Police Department as a patrolman from 1970-78. In 1976, the family purchased a home on Main Street in Boonville, then moved to Bailey Road in 1996, and moved to their present home on Schuyler Street in 2003. Jerry served as a correctional officer for NYS Department of Corrections from 1981 until he retired in 1999. He helped open many correctional facilities in the area, including Dry Hill, Watertown, Oneida Correctional, Rome, Mid-State, Marcy and Mohawk, Rome. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Jerry enjoyed collecting sports cards, antiques, and watching tennis and boxing. His greatest enjoyment was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Diane; his children, Kevin and Amy Ernst, Boonville, Tracy and Kristopher Sprowell, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Kari and Ron Kirk, Boonville; seven grandchildren, David Leffingwell III, Oriskany, Daniel and Danah Ernst, Boonville, Stephanie and Luke Cliver, Gulfport, Mississippi, Kaylyn Leffingwell, Boonville, Sara Sprowell, Glenfield, Aaron Ernst, Boonville, and Taylor Kirk, Boonville; four great-grandchildren, Declan, Piper, Easton and Gwen; a sister, Margaret (Peg) Lendzian, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and a half-brother, Richard Ernst, Utica. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter Ernst. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Hope/ St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, followed by burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military rites by Tun Tavern Leathernecks, Charles J. Love Post American Legion and Harland J Hennesey VFW. Per Jerry’s wishes, there are no calling hours. Memorial donations can be made to the Boonville Ambulance Fund. For an online message of sympathy, please go to