Ernest LeeRoy Walters Sr

Ernest LeeRoy Walters Sr (Ernie) age 77, died peacefully at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Ks from a long-term illness on December 4, 2020.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Diane of their Oskaloosa, Ks home; his son, Ernest LeeRoy Walters Jr (little Ernie) of Oskaloosa and daughter Robin (Tony) Wilson of Oskaloosa, five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tyler) Schultz of Oskaloosa and Christopher (Breanna Mitchell) Wilson of Oskaloosa, Mary Walters of Columbia, Mo, Samantha Wilson of Leavenworth Ks and Miranda Guerrero of Tonganoxie Ks; six great-grandchildren, Carter, Tarynn, Kaizer Amiya, Tanner and Colton; many brothers and sisters, many nephews and nieces.  Ernie had a large extended family and was loved by many friends.  He never met a stranger. He is preceded in death by his parents and multiple siblings.
Ernie was born on April 9, 1943, in Kansas City, Ks to parents Martha and Donald Walters, and except for his military time and a few years in Iowa he lived his life in Kansas. His parents divorced when he was very young and Ernie was raised by his Mom and loving stepfather, Rice Ward with 9 siblings.  In his late teens, he became acquainted and developed strong relationships with many siblings from his father’s subsequent marriages.
Ernie attended Wyandotte High School before enlisting in the US Navy serving from 1962 to 1966.  He is a Vietnam veteran and was assigned to the USS Magoffin during his Vietnam tour of duty. As a young handsome sailor, he met and married his lifelong sweetheart, Diane in Tacoma, Wa on April 13, 1963.  Following his Navy career, he became a professional baker and was known for the best cinnamon rolls around.  Ernie transitioned into security work and his longest and favorite position was with Providence Hospital, retiring several years ago.  Ernie became a beloved fixture around the hospital and he actually delivered a baby on two separate occasions in the elevator.  After just one year at the hospital, he was honored as the employee of the year and reclaimed that honor several times.
Ernie was a great family man, loving father, grandfather, and loyal caring friend to many. All the children that passed thru his wife’s daycare business absolutely adored Grandpa Ernie and he loved them. His kind, calm, easy-going manner endeared him to everyone that came in contact with him. He will be missed.

Condolences may be expressed on this site or mailed to the family home. The family requests no plants or flowers be sent to the home.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date to be determined.



  1. K Dwight Hendricks, MD on December 30, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Ernie was a longtime friend and patient of mine. He used to drive our cataract patients to Providence Hospital for surgery back in the 90s and they loved him. He was an integral part of our cataract team. Ernie was one of the most friendly and genuine people I have known. I saw him as a patient about 2 months ago and I am so happy our trails crossed one last time. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.

  2. lowell brownawell on December 28, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    I hadn’t seen Ernie since he retired from Providence Hospital. I would look for him when I was around there and he would visit with me and my parents when they were at Providence Place.
    Went to Jr High and High School with Ernie, Also have good memory’s of when four or five of us would run to Leavenworth on Friday nights. Don’t think Ernie knew a stranger.
    To Ernie’s family and friends, I’m sorry for your loss and may the love of Jesus Christ comfort you at this time,

  3. Glenna Snyder on December 23, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Ernie at Providence for several years until I retired. He was always so kind and helpful whenever needed. We will miss this great person.

  4. Laurie on December 20, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Diane and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear this! We thought the world of Ernie! Lindsay always loved him and Ernie and I were able to reconnect when I started working in the ER at Providence. It was so nice to see his smiling face every day when I would come in. He was such a joy!
    Laurie&Stacey Annis

  5. Bobbi Daren on December 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to you, Diane, and the rest of the family. I worked with Ernie at Providence his last five years there. He truly was one of a kind. Always kind and considerate to literally everyone, funny, big smile on his face, a true gentleman, and great story-teller. He’d give you the shirt off his back. Salt of the earth. They don’t make ‘em like Ernie anymore.

  6. Frank forrest on December 19, 2020 at 5:12 am

    It was a great time working with you. RIP

  7. Gary & Susan Rutledge on December 17, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Diane & family,
    Our condolences for your loss of such a good loving family man who thought the world of you all! As difficult as it is to loose him I know he is relieved of all his health problems even though he hated to leave his much loved family. I will always think it was a blessing that Gary & I ran into you guys at Kelley’s & we enjoyed visiting to catch up on much need past time. I always thought highly of both of you with many memories working with Ernie & you taking good care/babysitting my kids. Ernie & you always had lots of fun telling stories about life, love of your kids or all the little ones you took care of. Ernie will never be forgotten!
    Love & friendship
    Gary & Susan Rutledge
    Tonganoxie, KS

  8. Robin (Walters) Wilson on December 16, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Daddy I miss you
    I struggled with not having that BDay hug ,call or late text . I do have you saying your last i love you recorded I listen to it often. I am so proud when I listen because of the strength I know it took to say it and you always will be my strength. I love you forever and a day. Your baby girl Robin.

  9. Polly Potter on December 15, 2020 at 11:03 am

    You will be missed. RIP uncle Erine

  10. Lori Walters on December 14, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Fly with the angels big brother.
    Love you bunches

  11. Dessie Mitchell on December 14, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I love you all so much and am sorry for your loss. I was looking forward to meeting Ernie when I could come your way. Now I look forward to meeting all of you and.listening to your stories about Ernie.

  12. Gary Adrian on December 14, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    As we all seem to do, waited too long to come and see Ernie, and now I have missed a great opportunity to talk about old times we shared growing up in Quindaro homes. Started in Fairfax grade school and then on to Northwest jr. high . Ernie was a star on the basket ball team for all 3 years. Then on to Wyandotte High school . We walked the halls that first week not knowing how to get to what ever class room we should have been in. Ernie went on with his basket ball and played on the reserve team as did almost all of the new kids. We found out that the talent level at Wyandotte High was very high and I did not make it at all , Ernie made it the first year but not the second year. I will remember him for all time , my friend

  13. Caylei Wilson on December 14, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Ernie I will always remember what you meant to my grandmother and mother. Which in return means the world to me. Whenever you knew my grandma was in the hospital, you were there. It was such a joy to know such a great man. Continue watching over this amazing family. Your spirit will live on in us all.

  14. Lynda Hewitt on December 14, 2020 at 10:34 am

    You will be missed Big Ernie! Loved you so! Rip Sending my condulocense Diane, Little Ernie, and Robin! I LOVE YOU ALL! HUGS Sending my love and prayers ❤

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