1928 - 2012
Ernest L. Vixie, 84, passed away December 21, 2012, at Park Manor
Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way, Walla Walla, Washington.
He was born November 30, 1928 in Barnsville, Minnesota to parents
Oscar Vixie and Anna Marie Grundset Vixie, the sixth of a family of
seven boys. Ernest’s grandfather, Christian Olson Vixie, emigrated
from Norway in 1878 and Ernest was part of the 2nd generation
of his family to be born in the USA. As a young boy, he
moved with his family to Estacada, OR where they lived for a
short time before moving to College Place, Washington. He
lived in the Walla Walla area for the rest of his life.
He married Helen Watson on April 16, 1949 in Clarkston,
Washington and they were married for 63 years. Ernest and
Helen had five children (Mike Vixie, Janet Holm, Gary Vixie,
Vickie Olson & Carol Vixie), two sons-in-law (Pete Holm and
Chris Olson), seven grandchildren (Lori, Sara, Amie, Ben, Hilary,
Matthew & Sabrina), and one great grandchild (Johnny).
Ernest worked in wheat farming all of his adult life and was
a very talented mechanic. It seemed like he could fix anything!
He worked for Fred Sherry Farms for 40 years until his
retirement in 1998.
Ernest had a full and active life. He and Helen enjoyed
fishing & camping with their large circle of friends taking
some memorable trips to Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula
and Glacier National Park in Montana. He was in a
bowling league for many years and was also an avid pool
player. After his retirement, he went to the Log Inn in Walla
Walla every morning to play pool with his buddies which
he thoroughly enjoyed. He was also a lifetime member of
the Elks Club.
The seven Vixie boys were an impressive bunch. They
shared many adventures growing up, and as they grew older
frequently got together for large family reunions. Ernest
also had many nieces and nephews who admired and loved
him. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents and all of
his beloved brothers (Loren, Luverne, Orvin, Alden, Wilfred,
& Harley). We are comforted to know that they are now all
back together again.
Ernest battled Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years with
bravery and strength and never lost his trademark sense of
humor. Many people remember him most for this because
he always had a great comeback! He was also a very intelligent
man and an avid reader with a great thirst for knowledge.
He loved history, mysteries, and in his later years read
both the Bible and the Koran front to back. He also always
read the obituaries because he said he wanted to see if he
was in them. Today he is, so we hope he would approve
of what we have written about him. (Although, he would
have hated to read about himself because he was such a
humble and private man.) He greatly loved his family and
we all greatly loved him in return. He will be sorely missed
and always in our hearts.
At his request, no services will be held. If you wish, memorial
contributions can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease
Foundation through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook