Ernest "Ernie" Brinkley

Born: Sun., Sep. 20, 1925
Died: Fri., May 9, 2014


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Tue., May 13, 2014
Location: Milton Christian Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., May 13, 2014
Location: Milton Christian Church

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Ernest E. “Ernie” Brinkley, 88, of Milton, IN passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Ambassador Nursing Home in Centerville.


He was born on September 20, 1925 north of Williamsburg to Omar and Cora Thompson Brinkley. After graduation from Williamsburg High School in 1943 he joined the U.S. Navy. During WWII he served on the USS Lake Champlain as a Petty Officer and electricians mate. Stationed in Plymouth, England, on the English Channel, he set, calibrated and repaired compasses and navigational systems on U.S. Navy destroyers.

After the war, under the G.I. Bill, he attended Ball State University and Purdue University graduating from the Purdue School of electrical engineering in 1951.


Ernie married Wanda Petty at Williamsburg Friends Church February 11, 1951 and began residence at Milton where he and his father built a new home for his growing family. Ernie continued to live there until his final illness.


Working as an electrical engineer and sales rep Ernie retired from GARCOR in 2007. He enjoyed traveling, particularly out west, reading, walking and puttering around the workshop on his projects.


Ernie was a member of the Williamsburg Friends Church, a charter member of the Williamsburg American Legion, former scoutmaster of the Milton Boy Scouts and former Sunday School teacher at the Milton Christian Church where he attended services for 60 years.


Survivors include his wife of 63 years Wanda Brinkley; sons Basil of Denver, CO, Brian (Lynne) of Frankfort, IN, Brent of Milton, IN and Bruce (Debra) of Marion, IN; grandchildren Andrea, Audrey, Amy, Clark and Cora; and nephew Ron Helm.


He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law Patti Brinkley; and his only sister Lois Helm.


Friends may gather at Milton Christian Church on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 12:00 noon until start of services at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow in Westside Cemetery in Milton. Rev. Tom Cici will be officiating.


Memorial contributions may be made to Milton Christian Church; Westside Cemetery Association; or Cambridge City Library.


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Patricia McDaniel
   Posted Sun May 11, 2014
I'll always remember "Ernie" as he shared his stories about his soldier collection. could I ever forget his always very kind smile!!
Wanda, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please take care.

Patricia McDaniel

Pam Ingalls
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
You are all in my prayers and may God comfort you at this time of loss and cherish your memories.

Jo Anne (Sweet) Barr
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
I am so very sorry for your loss! I pray you find the peace of heart and mind during this time - and cherish the memories!

melvin harmeyer
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
wanda so sorry to hear about ernies passing, our thoughts are with the brinkley family.

Frances Moore
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Ernie will be greatly missed. We love You. Frances and Sallie Jo

Mark Ripberger
   Posted Tue May 13, 2014
Wanda and "the boys", my heartfelt sympathy at Ernie's passing. I've known him all my life, and he was always the kindest man I've known. I hope your love and faith helps get you through this rough time in life. My love goes out to all of you.

Ann Douglass
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
Dear Wanda and family,

Bill and I are very saddened to learn about Ernie. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is always so difficult and painful. May you feel God's presence and love in a powerful way.

Much love to all of you.

Phyllis Mattheis
   Posted Sun May 25, 2014
Dear Wanda and family,
It was a shock to read Ernie's obit so soon after I saw you at the mother-daughter in Milton. We didn't know about his health.
There was difficulty getting my message online to you at the time of the funeral.
Please know that we are thinking about you all.
Jerry and Phyllis

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