Ernest David Latta, age 84, of Kalkaska, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center - L.T.C. He was born on Nov. 2, 1926, in Battle Creek, to the late Ernest D. and Dorothy D. (Smith) Latta.

Ernest served his country honorably during World War II as a member of the United States Army from May 1945 to February 1947.

He worked at Plycom Veneer Mill as a foreman whose production crew broke the record for footage produced in 1961.

Ernest was a member of the Spencer Church of Christ.

Ernest loved spending time with his family, and he will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports.

He is survived by his children, John M. Latta, of northern California, Sherry L. (Wayne) Gould, of Nashville, Mary L. Rose, of Nashville, Thelma L. (Eric) Gaines, of Fayetteville, N.C., Ernest D. (Carri) Latta Jr., of Kalkaska, Linda D. (John) Gaffney, of Reed City, and Chet A. (Peggy Gross) Latta, of Reed City; his dear son-in-law, Gordon Guthchess, of Oregon; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Susan; his son, James; and his sister, Marjorie.

Visitation for Ernest will be held today, Oct. 16, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home. The funeral service will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Spencer Church of Christ, with Robert C. Saxton officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Ernest's honor to Kalkaska Commission on Aging, PO Box 28, Kalkaska, MI 49646.

Condolences may be left online at

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.

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