Major General (Ret) Walter Reed Ernst

Major General (Ret) Walter Reed Ernst II

Tuesday, August 4th, 1942 - Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Major General (Ret) Walter Reed Ernst, II, 78, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at the Woods of Cedar Run, Camp Hill, PA.
Born on August 4, 1942 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Walter Reed and Thelma (Peifer) Ernst.
Reed was a graduate of Camp Hill High School and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Gettysburg College in 1964. Immediately following his graduation, he commissioned in the United States Air Force, serving for five years as a master instructor in the T-38 before joining the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1970, which he later commanded as a Colonel from 1993 to 1996. Reed ultimately retired from military service after 38 years. He was a C-130 command pilot with over 10,000 flying hours including his time in the T-38. At retirement, he served as Special Assistant to the Commander, US Special Operations Command with the rank of Major General.
Reed loved all sports as a football and baseball player in high school and college. He was an avid fan and coach watching his children and grandchildren throughout their athletic careers. Reed was the last 10-year-old to hit a home run in the Little League World Series as a member of the 1953 Camp Hill team. He loved playing golf and spending time with his family in Stone Harbor, NJ. Reed was a longtime member of the Camp Hill Lions Club, always participating in the annual Christmas Tree Sale and many of the Lions Club events.
Reed is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy (Sheaffer) Ernst, of Camp Hill; two sons, Jeffrey R. Ernst and his wife Jann, of Carlisle, PA, and Brett P. Ernst and his wife Star, of Enola, PA; a daughter, Julie L. George and her husband, Doug, of Enola, PA; six grandchildren, Katelyn, Jonathan, Cole, Madison, Hailey, and Mackenzie; two sisters, Susan Yentzer and her husband William, of Camp Hill, PA, and Sally McCrea and her husband Andrew, of Newville, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. Myers-Harner Funeral & Cremation Services, Camp Hill, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Homeland Hospice of Harrisburg, Pa. In memory of Reed, play a round of golf, dance to the song YMCA, take your favorite dog for a walk, wave to a C-130 in the sky, and always remember to salute the flag.
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  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 11:30am
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 11:30am
    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    Indiantown Gap Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    All who attend are asked to please meet directly behind the cemetery office Wednesday at 11:15 am. Follow the sign that says ALL FUNERALS when you enter from the main entrance.
    Rev. Keith Searfoss
  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 11:30am
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 11:30am
    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    Indiantown Gap Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Donations are being accepted for: Homeland Hospice.


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Posted at 03:27am
From the men and women of the 392d, our hearts are with you. May you fly high and free.
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Terry Keller

Posted at 09:34am
So sorry for your loss. In my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love Terry and John
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Don Coffee

Posted at 08:07am
My condolences, and prayers are with the family during this time. I knew the General through playing golf in Hampden Township , and had the pleasure of many conversations with him over a beer at the 19th Hole, Caddy Shack. The General was a family man, and loved being around his family and friends, He will be remembered by many as a man of honor. I had nothing but respect for him and always enjoyed his company.

Sam Gruber

Posted at 01:07am
Nancy, Jeff,Brett, and Julie

Please accept my deepest condolences upon the passing of husband and father, Reed. I met Reed when I refereed football games with his father, Reed Sr. We frequently played golf together in tournaments or in a casual match. He was not only a good golfer, but a better man. The thing I remember best, was his love of family. He was extremely proud of his three children. We often talked about all three of you and school. All my love and caring.

Sam Gruber

Linda Lusk

Posted at 04:15pm
Reed was a Dental patient of ours. He would come in and always have interesting stories to tell. From his service to his vacations with the family. You could tell he loved both with his whole being. Such a happy man, and I am blessed to have had him touch my life. RIP Reed,.fly high my friend.

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