Ernest Allyn “Ernie” Jordan Sr., 95, retired USDA Poultry/Egg Inspector, passed away April 7, 2011.
Ernie was born Feb. 18, 1916, in the Morgan House, Peabody. He was raised on a farm west of Wichita and moved to town in 1927.
On Feb. 1, 1937, he married Doris Irene Holman to whom he was married for 64 years.
Ernie served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. His career in the egg industry began at the age of 13, self-employed for most of his life, until retiring after 21 years with the USDA. He lived in Wichita, Hutchinson, Cheney, and Bonne Terre, Mo.
Ernie and Doris were members of Hyde Park Church until relocating to Bonne Terre with the USDA.
Growing up on the family farm, Dad developed a love for gardening, which continued throughout his life. Later, he enjoyed caring for the gardens and grounds of the First Congregational Church in Hutchinson. He was a coach for the West Urban Little League baseball organization.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; parents, Ernest G. and Ivy A. (Morgan) Jordan; brother, William; sisters, Rebecca A. and Netta C. Bair; grandson, P. Marc Corrie; great-grandson, J.T. “Jack” Corrie; and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth N. Mangram.
He is survived by his children, Allyn and wife Judy, Lynn Bucher, Mike and wife Pat, Pam Parrack and husband Cecil, Steve and wife Christine Lebert, David and wife Kathy, and Kathy Corrie and husband Steve; nieces and nephews of the Bair families, Chuck and wife Sue, James and wife Linda, Rick and wife Alice, Orval and wife Jan, Duane and wife Martha, Elsie, and Robyn; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild, Kendall Grace.
Viewing was 12 to 8 p.m. Monday with family present 6 to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita.
Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ernest A. Jordan Memorial Fund, Morgan House Building Fund, National Registry of Historic Homes in care of Carmen South, Peabody Historical Society, 11824 NE 60th Road, Peabody KS 66866.
Condolences may be offered at http://www.resthavenmortuary-cemetery.com.