Ernie was born March 1, 1925, at Remsen, the son of Charles and Anna Marie (Clemens) Molitor, the fifth of 10 children. The family moved to a farm at Ashton, in 1927 where he acquired a love of farming. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Ashton, and was a member of the school's state championship basketball team.
In World War II, Ernie served overseas in the U.S. military with four of his brothers. After being honorably discharged with a rank of Staff Sergeant from the Army, he returned home to Ashton to farm with his brother John.
On April 19, 1950, Ernie and Alvina Odens were wed in Sibley. They raised five sons and one daughter.
In 1958, they purchased their farm at Floyd. They moved to Floyd in 1968 after residing in Le Mars for 10 years where he sold securities for Investors Diversified Services.
He was proud of the fact that he improved the farm and strived to be a good steward of the land. Ernie retired in 1983, but remained on the farm with Alvina until his death.
Ernie was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Charles City, and numerous service organizations throughout his life.
Ernie's priorities in life were first his family, faith, work, and his country.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alvina; his children, Gary (Brenda Martin) of Mason City, Glenn (Charlene Droste) of Mason City, Mark (Lydia Pacheco) of Saint Augustine, Fla., James (Tami Otto) of Charles City, Mary Ann (Bruce Hunt) of Pierre, S.D., Steven Molitor of Charles City; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Theresa (Marvin) Dammann of Little Rock, Dale (Jane) Molitor of Worthington, Minn.; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; two sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Carl Ries officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Charles City, with military honors conducted by the Charles City Ceremonial Unit.
Friends may greet the family 4-8 p.m. today (Monday) at the Hauser Funeral Home, Charles City where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary. Visitation will continue an hour prior to Mass at the church on Tuesday.
Condolences may be sent to 1354 Quarry Road, Floyd, Iowa, 50435. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 106 Chapel Lane, Charles City, Iowa, 50616 or Hospice of North Iowa, 232 2nd St. S.E., Mason City, IA 50401.
The Hauser Funeral Home, in Charles City, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hauserfh.com.