Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 23, 2013

Ernest E. Komar


ALMA — Ernest E. Komar, age 75, of Alma, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Schnepp Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis.

He was born June 19, 1937, in Detroit, the son of Bohdan and Janina Komarynski. Ernest married Barbara Hale on Feb. 20, 1960.

He served in the United States Navy on the atomic submarine, U.S.S. Seawolf.

Ernest founded Alma Bolt Company 40 years ago and later founded Prime Industrial Fastener of Midland. He was a businessman who enjoyed running his companies and working with his wife and sons, Darrell and Randall.

He enjoyed traveling to Traverse City and Pompano Beach, Fla., and also taking cruises. He also enjoyed boating, bowling and playing pool. Ernest spent time woodworking; his first project was a doll house for his daughter, Laura, and he also made boats. Ernest especially loved spending time with and caring for his family.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, of Alma; three children, Darrell Komar, of Alma, Laura Komar, of San Mateo, Calif., and Randall Komar, of Midland; a brother, Bo (Kazumi) Komar, of Oakland, Calif.; sister-in-law, Janet Isom, of Alma; brother-in-law, Don (Jan) Hale, of Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Jankowski.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Thomas C. Messer officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Alma. Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home, Alma.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation, 1131 E. Center St., Ithaca, MI 48847, in memory of Ernest Komar for the benefit of cancer patients.

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