He was born April 16, 1929 in "Pontiac", Van Buren Twp., Clay County as the son of Oscar and Esther Wells Egloff. He graduated from Van Buren High School and continued his education at Purdue University, Indiana State University and DePauw University. Following graduation from Purdue University with his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1951, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served during the Korean War until his Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1955.
He married Mary Nell Holley on March 5, 1954 in Beaumont, Tex. while he was stationed at Bryan AFB in Bryan, Tex. Following discharge from the Air Force, the couple returned to Indiana where Ernie farmed and drove a dynamite truck for a while before returning to college at ISU to earn his teacher's license and his Master's of Science degree in Science. He taught eighth grade science at Greencastle Middle School for 32 years. Following his retirement he served as Waste Water Manager for the town of Carbon for 10 years.
Ernie was a member of Carbon United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Carbon Lodge #529 F&AM and a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Terre Haute. He was a Cub Scout, Webelo, and Boy Scout leader while his three sons were growing up. He took groups of Scouts to Minnesota and Canada on canoe trips for several years. He loved the outdoors and took his family to Canada every year from 1958 to 2005 for a week's fly-in fishing trip. He enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing, astronomy and geology. He volunteered with the SHARE Food Program for 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earl "Butch" Egloff; sister, Lucille Robbins; sister-in-law, Augusta Egloff; and brother-in-law, Williams Robbins.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Holley Egloff; sons, Mark (Debbie) Egloff of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Mike (Angie) Egloff of Ashland, Mo., and Jeff (Bobbie) Egloff of Kokomo; grandchildren, Benjamin (Mandy) Egloff, Michael (Ashlynn) Egloff, Austin Egloff, John, Egloff, Becca Egloff, Kaylin Egloff, Landon Egloff, and Thomas Egloff; great grandchildren, Connor Egloff and Dylan Egloff; several nieces and nephews; and other extended family.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday with burial to follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carbon United Methodist Church, PO Box 336, Carbon IN 47837. Visit www.moorefuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the family.