Ernest Edward Poe
Ernest Edward Poe, 90, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 22, 2019, at the Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Ks.
Ernest (Ernie) Poe was born on October 29, 1928, on the Poe h o m e - stead in Weldona, Colo. He was the youngest child of Ernest and Lola Mae Poe.
He grew up in Weldona and graduated from high school in 1946.
Ernest married Marjorie Wacker on Jan. 1, 1950, in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Through the years, Ernest worked as a farmer and rancher, moving from Colorado to Healy, Ks., in 1958. It was while working as a partner on the Maddox Ranch in Healy that Ernie began his fine barbed wire collection.
He moved with his family to Wallace County in 1970 to continue farming and ranching while also selling grain bins and seed. Ernest later owned Poe Building Systems and installed many buildings and grain storage systems across the area.
Ernest was a member of the American Baptist Church. He served the American Baptist Men’s Central Region as president for several years. Ernest was involved in the community in many ways and served as mayor of Sharon Springs for eight years. He enjoyed volunteering, especially his time working with and providing horses for Camp Christy and helping at the Fort Wallace Museum.
In his retirement, he expanded his barbed wire adventures by creating barbed wire sculptures. Ernest made anything from small birds that are treasured by all of his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren to life-sized horses. His greatest creation is the buffalo that stands proudly in front of the Fort Wallace Museum.
Ernie loved roping, spending time with family and visiting with friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Rev. Harry Poe, John Poe and P.A. Poe; and sisters Rev. Margaret Poe and Francis Faires-Cross.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marjorie Poe, of Sharon Springs; a sister, Minnie Mae Gardner of Denver; two sons, Edward (Valerie) Poe and Kenneth (Becky) Poe, all of Sharon Springs; a daughter, Linda (Greg) See of Leoti; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service was held February 27, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Sharon Springs with Pastor Galen Crippen and Pastor Bruce Burfield officiating. Burial followed in the Sharon Springs Cemetery.
Memorials are designated to the Fort Wallace Memorial Association or the Wallace County EMTs and may be mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, Ks. 67735.
On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.koonsrussellfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services were entrusted to Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Sharon Springs.