Ernest “Ernie” Hoyle, age 93, passed away peacefully in the loving care of the Chapman Valley Manor on July 18, 2019 in Chapman, KS. He was always dedicated to his family and loyal to his friends. He was a colorful storyteller and a lucky card player. He played the piano by ear, loved big band music, and dancing. He liked to talk politics and he loved his Royals baseball.
He was born June 7, 1926 in Dwight, KS to Webster Bundy and Sylvia Maybelle (Stewart). He grew up on the family farm with 8 brothers and sisters – Elizabeth S. (Wafler), Ruby Catherine (Bantam), Charles W., Ralph E., Harold E., Helen L. (Hunter), Lora M. (Montgomery) and Harvey E. He attended a Quaker school and graduated from Dwight Rural High School in 1944. He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 830 in Junction City, KS.
Ernie married Joan C. (Fulton) on February 18, 1961 in Junction City, KS. Together they raised three children –Carla A (Bud) Tuxhorn, Sylvia K (Will) Hollis, and Bruce Hoyle. Ernie worked Civil Service at Ft. Riley, KS while continuing to run the family farm until 1966, when they moved to Junction City, KS. He retired from Civil Service in 1985 and then as Fleet Services and Building Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Junction City until 1995.
He moved to Chapman, Kansas to be near his wife when she resided in Chapman Valley Manor. She preceded him in death. He is survived by his children and their spouses; 8 grandchildren – Beni (James) Porter, Cori Tuxhorn, Clarissa (Harold) Hanson, Chelsea (Nick) Mendez, Cierra VanNahmen, Brittany (James) Jones, Brooke (Michael) Gursky, Bethany (Pete) Husband; 12 great grandchildren – Easton, Payson & Landry Porter, Charli, Eden & Britton Deill, Josephine (Josie) Hanson, Willow Mendez, Wyatt, Bryar & Garrett Gursky and Genevieve (Genny) Husband; and his sister Lora and many nieces and nephews.
Private family graveside services will be followed by a Celebration of Life and pitch card party at 2 PM on Thursday, July 25th at the Chapman Senior Citizen Center in Chapman, KS. Memorial contributions can be made to Chapman Sr. Citizen Center and the birdseed fund at Chapman Valley Manor in care of Londeen Funeral Home, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.