EASTON — Ernest “Ernie” Holthausen, 93, died August 7, 2013 at Talbot Hospice in Easton.
Ernie was born in Weehawken, New Jersey to Ernest and Edna Stanley Holthausen. During his early childhood his family relocated to Leonia, New Jersey. His father was a partner in the family owned department store “Holthausen’s,” located in nearby Union City, NJ.
He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover at Andover, MA in 1936. He entered Amherst College in 1939 and interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, January 1942. He was assigned to the Coast Guard cutter “HUDSON,” attached to the New Orleans Naval District. He was stationed in Trinidad. Following an honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard, he returned to Amherst College to complete his study, graduating with members of his original class.
Mr. Holthausen was in the sales division of Proctor & Gamble and, later, in the insurance industry. He held the title of Master Mason in the Herndon, Virginia lodge. In both his professional and personal life he was always the gentleman who cared for what he called “the underdog.” A part of this caring was bringing laughter with his frequent jokes.
Ernie was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Hull, and his eldest son, Stephen. He is survived by his wife Martha; his son John and daughter-in-law Katie; son Tom, all of New England; grandchildren Christopher Holthausen; Gretchen Mitten and son-in-law Brad; Erica Holthausen; Lindsey Jean Armstrong and son-in-law Derek; one great-grandchild; nephews Stephen Hull, Jr. and Christopher Hull; step-daughter Karen Tredinnick.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 27 at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 111 South Harrison St., Easton. The Rev. Jim Seale will officiate. Light refreshments in the Parish Hall will follow.