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    Gillette, Wyo. - Bryce Ernst, 65, of Gillette, Wyo., died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital due to cancer of the stomach and esophagus.
Memorial services for Bryce Ernst will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Walker Funeral Home, Gillette, Wyo., with Barrett Norris officiating. Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 42.
    Bryce was born in Enderlin, N.D., on Sept., 16, 1946 to Melvin and Bertha (Sommerfeld) Ernst. They raised him and his brother Rodney Ernst in Enderlin, N.D., until 1960, when the family moved to Thief River Falls.
    Bryce graduated from Lincoln High School in 1964 and enrolled in the United States Army. Bryce served a three-year term and was stationed primarily in Germany. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and received a degree for surveying.  He also had two daughters during this time in his life, Taunya and Jenna Ernst.
    On May 12, 1979 he married Cheryl (Swanson) Ernst in Casper, Wyo. In 1980, they moved to Gillette, where they enjoyed 33 years of marriage.  They spent every summer with Taunya and Jenna during their school years.
    For the past two years, Bryce was able to enjoy retired to semi-retired life. During his working years, he held various positions in the construction industry including surveying, construction foreman and construction inspection. Bryce was a fun loving person and was liked by everyone who met him.  His family has always said that “he could make friends with a post.” He enjoyed positioning himself at a gas station (in any town) where he could strike up conversations with travelers passing through on motorcycle.  He would listen to their stories and offer help to those who needed it.
    Bryce enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, riding motorcycles, camping, mopeds, and as of late acquiring boats. Bryce and Cheryl enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family.
    Bryce is survived by his wife, Cheryl Ernst; daughters: Taunya Ernst of Pine Haven, Wyo., and Jenna (Bill) MacLennan of Ramsey;  four grandchildren: Taylor Ernst (18), Skylar MacLennan (8), Liam MacLennan (4) and Summer Rose MacLennan (3).  His mother Bertha Ernst of Bismark, N.D., and his brother Rodney (Carol) Ernst of Wahpeton, N.D.
    He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Ernst, and an infant brother, Melvin Ernst Jr.
    Memorials and condolences may be sent in Bryce’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716.  Condolences may also be shared online at:  www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.    A00003B2012SP19
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