Ernest "Ernie" Stine

Ernest “Ernie” Malcolm Stine, age 89, of Lakeview, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016 at his home under Hospice Care. He was born on November 10,, 1926, in Hinton Township, the son of Malcolm and Ethel (Bast) Stine.

Ernest was raised and attended school in the Altona area. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Ernie then went on to marry the love of his life Evelyn Johnston on January 26, 1958. He owned and operated his own fuel oil business in the Lakeview area for several years. Ernie’s hobbies included baseball, basketball and football and he was a avid fan of the University of Michigan and Detroit Tigers. He also enjoyed traveling around to watch his great-grandchildren play sports and attending harness racing. Ernie will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Ernest is survived by his 10 children, Ken (Nicki) Johnston of Morley, Vicki (Ralph) Van Asperen of Holland, Debbie (John) Johnson of Holland, Kathleen (Terry) Helms of Edmore, Al Stine of Lakeview, Kristine (Steve) Gruis of Langston, Brian (Kathleen) Stine of Jenison, Larry (Joan) Stine of Bellaire, Garry Stine of Stanton and Ron (Shawn) Stine of Lakeview; 25 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and sister, Violet (Justin) Wernette of Remus. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, wife Evelyn, brothers, Arnold, Alvin and sister, Dorothy Sherman.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 1:00 PM Saturday, March 26, at the Ernie Stine Baseball Field, 9800 Youngman Rd. Lakeview, Michigan with Pastor Ted Johnson to officiate. Interment will follow in the Altona Cemetery. Visitation will take place Friday, March 25, 2016 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM from Brigham Funeral Chapel-Lakeview. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do a memorial contribution are asked to consider the American Legion Post 554 of Morley, Michigan. To share a condolence for the family please visit:



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  • Richard & Lisa Post (Monday, March 21 16 03:27 pm EDT)

    Godspeed Ernie . You will be missed .

  • Barb Tank (Monday, March 21 16 09:10 pm EDT)

    R.I.P. Mr. Ernie~the man w/the biggest heart for the youth of Lakeview.
    Condolences to all the family
    Barb(Stine)Tank, Dennis Stine & Kris Currence

  • Helen Taylor (Tuesday, March 22 16 11:55 am EDT)

    Ernie and Evelyn Stine were very highly regarded in Lakeview. Both very interested in their own children and ours, as well. Ernie taught those kids to be good people as well as ball players. He
    taught teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for fellow players as well as the general public. Evelyn kept the "home fires burning," and managed to help keep the kids in line, and Ernie as well. :-)
    They made us feel that we were all part of their family. Our sympathy to all the Stine/Johnston families. You are in our hearts. Helen Taylor and children, Mike, Shelley and Jason.

  • Kay (Wednesday, March 23 16 08:14 am EDT)

    We are sorry we aren't going to be there to celebrate the life of our dear uncle. Uncle Ernie and Aunt Evelyn (Grandpa and Grandma Stine to our kids) were significant in our lives. Of course, the
    sports mentor continually encouraging through the years. Always kind and loving, a trusted home for our children while we were working. We feel blessed to have had them in our lives.
    Paul and Kay Johnston and Family

  • Mike and Dawn Van Asperen (Wednesday, March 23 16 08:47 am EDT)

    Vicki & Dad,
    thinking of you during this time. may your hearts be filled with joyous memories of your dad.
    Mike and Dawn Van Asperen

  • Wayne and Sandy Larsen (Wednesday, March 23 16 02:11 pm EDT)

    What a special man. He will surely be missed.

  • Bob and Dawn Larsen (Wednesday, March 23 16 02:22 pm EDT)

    We are so sorry that we will not be able to attend the celebration of life for Uncle Ernie. He was a very loving man who lit up a room with his contagious smile and personality. Hugs and prayers.

  • Carolyn Hansen (Friday, March 25 16 11:45 am EDT)

    Kathy-Kris and Families-Your dad is the icon of baseball and youth involvement in Lakeview!!He was loved and admired by so many who may never have had an opportunity to play if it hadn't have been
    for his big heart and generosity.Thinking of your family at this sad time.

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