Jesus called Ernie home Feb. 22, 2013.
Memorial service will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church of Cedar Ridge, 11452 Brunswick Drive, Grass Valley, Calif.
He was born to Ernest Charles and Edith May Fountain Aug. 13, 1922, and raised in Santa Rosa, Calif. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Returning home, he became a dairy farmer and met and married Delores Frey from Wilton, Calif., July 2, 1949. He moved to Sacramento where he worked at Procter & Gamble. Moving to Grass Valley, he worked at Diamond Pacific Lumber and built his dream home. During his life, he enjoyed camping trips, gold panning, gardening and making wood crafts. Ernie loved to read the Bible and pray for each of his family members by name daily. As an active member of the church, he served as a Sunday school teacher, worked in children and youth ministries and was a deacon. He also enjoyed traveling with the RoadRunners Travel group.
Ernie was a loving father survived by his wife, Delores; four children, Lorraine (Andy) Kilpatrick from Alabama, Ernie P. (Sarah) from California, Teresa Fountain from Grass Valley and Mary (Steve) Boettcher from Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Ernie was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Sheppard.
Donations accepted to support the church, Grace Bible Church, 11452 Brunswick Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945.