John A. Erny, 72, Ireland

John A. Erny, 72, of Ireland, passed away at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 surrounded by his family.

John was born in Jasper on December 5, 1946, to Aloysius “Woody” and Martina “Teeny” (Mendel) Erny.  He married Sharon Leinenbach on April 23, 1966, in St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland.

He was an independent manufacture sales representative and a proud member of the Jasper Outdoor Recreation.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed coaching his children in youth sports and was a devoted Notre Dame fan. John was a dedicated family man who was happiest while spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving is his wife, Sharon of Ireland;  one daughter, Shannon Jahn (David “Butch”); two sons, Jayme Erny, Ireland, and Brayden Erny (Jillian), Jasper; seven grandchildren, Meranda and Shelby Erny, Boone and Ian Jahn, and Crew, Hampton, and Hays Erny; and three brothers, Gerald “Jerry” Erny, Vincennes, James (Janice) Erny, Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Melvin “Bud” (Kathy), Vincennes.

Preceding him in death besides his parents, is one sister-in-law, Judy Erny.

A Mass of Christian Burial for John Erny will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, with burial to follow in the Shiloh Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Becher Kluesner Downtown Chapel. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research  Foundation, the Jasper Outdoor Recreation or St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland.

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