NORMAN — Allen James Ernst, 70, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in his home surrounded by loving family.
Allen was born in St. Genevieve, Mo., on Oct. 17, 1942. His family moved to the Los Angeles area of California, where he graduated from Norwalk High School. Allen served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1970. During that time, he was a drill sergeant at Ft. Hood, Texas, preparing soldiers as they went to fight in the Vietnam War.
Allen met Judy Ann Thompson in August 1968 and three months later they married on Nov. 2, 1968. Their love story created more than 45 years of marriage. They had three children, Kristi Ann Jones, Kimberly Ann Ernst and Chad Allen Ernst, all residing in Norman; and three grandchildren, Redford Allen Jones, a graduate of Norman North High School and current student and football player at the University of Tulsa, Steven Nicholas Jones and wife Alisha Jones of Norman and Brittany Lee and husband James Lee of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Allen worked in construction for more than 40 years. He was a dependable, hard working man who always did whatever it took to get the job done right. He and his family lived in Blanchard for many years and also Fallbrook, Calif., before making a home in Norman.
His main purpose in life was living a life pleasing to God, honoring his wife and serving his children. He was a true family man. He was a humble, loving man who would lend a helping hand to someone he knew and loved or to a complete stranger. He leaves a legacy of solid family life, honoring his wife, loving all people with no limits and leading by example — a gentle soul who enjoyed a life filled with laughter, joking, pranks and many good times with friends and family.
He enjoyed cruising in his 1923 T-bucket car and participating in car shows with his car club, Canadian River Cruisers. He was a true master craftsman, able to build anything, as there was no project too big or small for him. Recently, he renewed his passion for playing the saxophone and played with the New Horizons Band at OU. He enjoyed traveling and enjoyed beach time. Creating water fountains for his yard was a passion of his, and many enjoyed the peaceful sound of the water.