Ernest Wilson


Ernest Wilson, known affectionately by many as Ernie, was a man who embodied the essence of humility, resilience, generosity, and humor.

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 29, 1964, Ernest was a true Iowan at heart, spending 57 wonderful years in Ottumwa. Despite life’s ups and downs, Ernest remained resilient, carrying a laugh that was infectious and a heart that was endlessly generous. As Ernest himself once said, “Life is like antique collecting. You value the rare, appreciate the old, and find beauty in the worn.”

He was a passionate antique collector, turning his hobby into a career as a self-employed antique trader. Just as he sought out treasures in the most unexpected places, Ernest had the unique ability to find joy and laughter in the everyday. His love for his family was unparalleled, and he was an amazing father to his sons, and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren.

To Ernest, family was his most cherished antique, the rarest treasure he collected over his life. Ernest is survived by his sons, Robert Wilson (Tara Wilson), Corey Wilson (Jessica Small), Jessy Wilson and Scott Puffinbarger, who will continue to honor his father’s legacy of humility and resilience. He is preceded in death by his brother Vern Wilson and his parents, Shirley Fultz and Robert Wilson, who instilled in him the values of generosity and humor that he carried throughout his life.

Ernest’s life, marked by his humble spirit, resilient nature, generous heart, and funny demeanor, has left an indelible impression on all who knew him. As we remember Ernest, let us celebrate the life he lived and the love he shared. Ernest’s body has been cremated.

Sinnott Funeral Home in Ottumwa has been entrusted with assisting his family. Please, take a moment to leave your fond memories and photos of Ernest on his memorial page. In this way, we can keep the spirit of Ernest’s life alive, celebrating his unique qualities, and remembering the joy he brought into our lives.

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