Longtime Sharon Springs, Kansas resident Ernie “Jr.” See, 87, passed away on September 27, 2016 at the Keefe Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.
Jr. was born on January 16, 1929 to Ernie and Nema Wright in Fort Collins, Colorado. When he was seven, his father died, and a few years later his mother married Ernest See. He had a brother Gene and a sister Dana. Ernest adopted the three children. Later, Jr. had a step brother named Alfred. They lived on a farm near Healy, Kansas.
Jr. attended Manning Grade School and graduated from Healy High School. After graduation he served in the Marines for nine months. In 1947, his folks moved to Weskan, Kansas, where they bought a farm. When Jr. came home from the service, he lived with his folks and worked in the area. Jr. purchased a ranch in 1951, 12 miles north of Weskan. The land had running water on it, which was a good place for cattle.
On September 9, 1951, Jr. married Ginger Reiss. They had three children, Kristine Kay, Dexter Ray, and Julie Annette. Jr. was a loving father and spent many hours playing with his children. He always had lots of patience to untangle a fishing pole, fix a broken toy, or just take a walk and visit with them. He tried his luck at riding bulls at the rodeos, but his great love was horses. He raised quarter horses, and he always enjoyed the baby colts when they were born. His delight was to put a bridle on them and start breaking them when they were only a few days old. In his younger years, he rode his own horses at the race track, and also for other people. Some of his horses ran good and this was fun entertainment for the family and friends. He had a horse named “CAP” that he trained to do many tricks. He raised two good running horses, “Zero C Bar” and “Smoke”. There were many others that got a picture or two in the winner’s circle!!
Many neighbors and friends would call him to pull a calf, help with a C-section, or sew up a cut horse. He had a love for animals and never minded doing this. He loved riding his horse and helped on many cattle round-ups. For many years, he worked one day a week at the Burlington Sale Barn. In many ways he was quite unique. He never wore a cowboy hat, and he wore what was comfortable to him on his feet!! All he knew was the real thing. He would give you his word, shake on it and stand behind it no matter what. He was the finest of men, the one all called “My Friend”.
He was baptized and a member of the Baptist Church growing up. He became a Lutheran when he married Ginger, and years later they both joined the Wesleyan Church. He spent many hours reading his Bible. He lived his life as a Husband, a Father, a Friend and a Gramps. He succeeded in what he was meant to do and leaves a legacy as LARGE AND GENTLE as his heart.
Funeral services for Jr. will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM MT at the Wesleyan Church in Sharon Springs with Pastor Seth McGregor officiating. Burial will follow in the Weskan Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Memorials may be designated to the Wallace County Ambulance Association or to the Wesleyan Church and may be left at the service or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Online condolences may be left at www.koonsfuneralhome.com.