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Willis "Ernie" Laughlin

March 1, 1928 — April 17, 2022

Berlin Heights, OH


Willis "Ernie" Ernest Laughlin, 94, of Berlin Heights, OH passed away at Mill Manor Care Center on April 17, 2022. He was born March 1, 1928 in Cleveland, OH and graduated from Berlin Heights High School and was a three-sport athlete. He was on the first football team in Berlin Heights. After graduation, he worked at Shinrock and Collins Elevators. After that, he went on to work as a millwright for New Departure Hyatt, from where he retired. He farmed for many years and ran a lawn mower repair business. He enjoyed woodworking and built several homes and buildings. He liked fishing and loved family vacations and get-togethers. It was important to him that he have the best and newest vehicles. He loved sporting events, particularly the Indians, Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He enjoyed gardening and liked being outdoors. Ernie was a talker; he would talk to anyone he met and really liked talking to his neighbors. Ernie enjoyed traveling after retirement, and really liked to talk about his past travels. He even made it to all 50 states!

The most important person to him was his wife of almost 73 years, Carol. Whenever he saw her, he would say, "here comes my bride." He always talked about how much he loved her and their children. Any time any of his children or grandchildren needed help, Ernie was there. 

Willis "Ernie" is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Brod) Laughlin; children, William "Bill" (Nancy) Laughlin, of Berlin Heights, Kevin (Penny) Laughlin, of Berlin Heights, Lori (Steven) Alt, of Sandusky, Loren "Keith" (Cathy) Laughlin, of Milan, Kim Brown, of Sandusky; grandchildren, Brian (Martha) Laughlin, Jason (Dianna) Laughlin, Craig (Katie) Laughlin, Wendy Higgins, Michael (Katie) Laughlin, Christopher (Emma) Laughlin, Brandon Alt, Jeffrey Laughlin, Julie Amato, Jennifer (Daman) Bryant, Angela (Steve) Langhals; and many great-grandchildren.

Willis "Ernie" was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Edith (Laccohee) Laughlin.

Services will be private, and burial will take place at Meadow Green Memorial Park.

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