Ernest Lee Goyne 85, of St. Joseph passed away Monday November 21, 2022 at home with his loving family at his side.
Per his wishes, there will be graveside services for the family.
Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph is in charge of arrangements.
Ernest was born October 18, 1937 in Urbana, son of Harold and Edna (Cox) Goyne. He married his true love Sue Marshall on January 11, 1958. She preceded him in death on January 14, 2019.
They have two surviving children: Beverly (Jim) Barden of Urbana, and Donald (Mellisa) Goyne of Chattanooga, TN, 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Brother Richard (Wanda) Goyne of Sherman, IL.
Ernie is preceded in death by his loving wife, their oldest son Larry and their youngest son Ronald Goyne, his parents and his sister.
Ernie and Sue moved to St. Joseph in 1966 where they built a home and raised their family.
Ernie started Ernie's Brake Shop and Garage in St. Joseph in 1970 and retired in 2011. After retiring he enjoyed doing a little wood working, helping his neighbors with auto repairs and being a handy man around the house. He will be remembered for his since of humor and growing tomatoes. He really enjoyed growing tomatoes and having bragging rights to the first ripe tomatoes. He would start them from seed in January and baby them to produce as many as they could.
He also proudly served his country in the Army National Guard.