Ernest John Myerchin, born Jan 2, 1921, died March 15, 2003
Rosalind Jorgenson, born Feb 28, 1929
Married on August 19, 1950
David John, born 10/10/1951
Richard Joseph, born 9/2/1952
Joel Francis, born 8/22/1955
Julie Marie, born 11/30/1958
Joel, Julie, Rosie, Ernie and Dick, taken on Apr 15, 2001
David passed away on Nov 8, 1964 from Nephritis. He was 13 years, 29 days old, and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Grand Forks,
I was born in Warren, Minnesota on January 2, 1921. Here I spent my youth in the Warren and Tabor vicinity. I left for service in the U.S. Army in July 1942, serving in the US and European Theatre (OSS). I was discharged on December, 1945. My early ambition was to make a living in music, so I started playing accordion for dances and parties in 1938. In 1939, I formed a five piece dance band, with cousin Walter Vanek, known as the Country Gentlemen. At a time, when dancing was the number one form of entertainment, and every town had a dance hall, work for the band was plentiful, sometimes six nights a week. Another cousin, Cyril Vanyo, was the drummer, and still another cousin, Bobby Pribula, played trumpet for about a year, when the regular trumpet player was on a leave of absence. After my Army discharge, I played with several bands, including a short stint with my own seven piece band, and AI Schuh's Traveling Band. I went to work for Poppler's Music Store in 1947, and joined Jimmy Dunn's Band as accordionist and arranger. At this time, I also took up the trumpet and a year later, began teaching accordion in conjunction with my work at Popplers. I met and married Rosalind Jorgenson on August 19, 1950 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Rosalind was a long distance operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where she worked until1951, then stayed at home to raise our four children. Son David died of nephritis in 1964. I played in Jimmy (later Fern) Dunn's band until 1970. In 1970, I started my own small band, with personnel from the discontinued Dunn band, and I had my son Joel as the drummer. All of our children are musical: Richard on bass, Joel on drums and Julie with piano and organ. I retired from Northern States Power Company, where I worked from January 1958 to January 31, 1986. We have lived in East Grand Forks, since 1946.
....Ernie Myerchin, 2001
Ernie, about 1985 Enrnie and his band, taken 1987-1988
Ernie Myerchin Obituary
Ernie Myerchin, 82, East Grand Forks, Minnesota died Saturday, March 15, 2003 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Ernie was born on January 2, 1921 in Warren, Minnesota the son of John E. and Marie R. (Filipy) Myerchin. He attended school in Warren and Alvarado. He served in the US Army from 1941 to 1945 with the OSS in London. He married Rosie Jorgenson on August 19, 1950 in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He worked for Poppler's Music and played in the Jimmy Dunn Band. Ernie worked from 1958 until retiring in 1985 for NSP. In 1974 he became the band leader and the name changed to Ernie and the Starliters. He was a great fan of the kids and their sports programs at Sacred Heart and East Grand Forks American Legion baseball. He loved baseball and the lake.
He is survived by his wife Rosie, his three children; Dick and his wife Cindy of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Julie and her husband Mike Marek of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Joe Myerchin of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, his 6 grandchildren; Matthew Marek, Andrew Marek, Bradley Marek, Lindsey Marek, Heather Combs and Ashley Combs, brother; Donald (Lou Ann) Myerchin of Torrance, California, 5 sisters; Darlene (Lawrence) Vonasek East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Henrietta (Dale) West of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Phylis (Ray) Simon of Fargo, North Dakota, Carmen Nelson of East Grand Forks, Minnesota and June (Dennis) Corbid of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, a Son David, two sisters; Merece Kotrba, Gladys Gregory and an infant brother.
*FuneralServices: 10:30 Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
*Visitation: 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 with a prayer service at 8:00 PM all in Sacred Heart Church.
*Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Grand Forks with military honors by the East Grand Forks American Legion Post 157 and VFW Post 3817.
Arrangements by Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
...Grand Forks Herald Archives
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