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MSG (Ret) Ernest W. “Ernie” Hosea, 64, of McCordsville, IN, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. He was born May 11,1953 at Camp Roberts in California. Ernie retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Master Sergeant after 20 years’ service. He had been a forward observer for 10 years and a recruiter in Lawton, OK, Oklahoma City, OK, and Houston, Texas for 10 years before retiring in 1994. As a recruiter he received the Gold Badge and Ring Recruiter awards as well as being honored with the station commander of the year award. After his Army career, Ernie worked for different companies including Lowes, Eaton Corporation, Gared Sports, and most recently Spectra Logistics. He was a 1972 graduate of Eisenhower High School in Lawton, OK, a member of the American Legion, enjoyed NASCAR, collecting coins, stamps and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ernie is survived by wife Rebecca (Silvey) Hosea, whom he married November 11, 1984 in Lawton, OK, his mother Kathleen (DeGrace) Hosea; sisters Christine Young, Mary Mazza and Susie Ortiz; brother James (Lisa) Hosea USN (ret); sister-in-law Diane Hosea; children: Michelle (Guy) England, Jennifer (Jerry) Richey and Sondra (Chad) Callaway; grandchildren: Crystal Eakin, Dennis England, Heather England, Kelsey Lewis, Lance England, Kaleb Goodwin, Monica Thomas, 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father MSG (Ret) Ernest W. Hosea and brother Mark Hosea USN (Ret).
A Celebration of Ernie’s life will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Seals Funeral Home, Fortville, IN Friends may call on Saturday from 11:00 am until the time of service. Military rites will be performed at the conclusion of the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Army Relief Fund or the AMVETS. On-line condolences may be shared at www.sealsfuneralhome.com.
An additional memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Compass Church 8601 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73162.