Ernest (Ernie) Allen Rundzieher
Ernest Allen Rundzieher, 77, of Liberty Hill, went to be with his heavenly family on October 4, 2015. Ernest was born June 22, 1938, in Victoria, Texas to Thelma Ruth Luster and Johnnie Philip Rundzieher.
Ernest grew up in Bloomington, Texas where he was the oldest of five children. He attended public school there in Bloomington. While in school he was very active in many activities including sports, theater, and clubs. He was a standout in football, basketball, and track. While being so active with his school activities he also had his responsibilities at home on the farm. After graduating high school he was offered many college scholarships for his athletics. But he chose to enlist into the United States Navy. Ernest spent most of his time on the Pacific Ocean on the communication ship USS Estes. Stationed out of San Diego he spent a year and a half at Hickam Air Force Base in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Other countries that he spent time in while in the Navy were the Philippines, Japan, China, and Borneo. In 1961, he returned home from the Navy. He said many times he wished he had made a career in the military.
On December 23, 1961 he married Marilyn Rose Ryan and lived in Victoria for almost 3 years. While living in Victoria, he held numerous jobs including driving a Dr Pepper delivery truck and working in the oilfields. While in Victoria, Ernest and Marilyn had their first of two sons; William Franklin Rundzieher was born October 5, 1962. About a year or so after the birth of their first son, he moved his family to Houston. After moving to Houston, they had their second son, Allen Craig Rundzieher, born May 29, 1967. Ernest worked and retired from the steel and pipe business where he held many positions. His final position held was a truck driver dispatcher for Ducommun Metals.
After almost 20 years in Houston, he moved his family to the Texas hill country. After moving to Lampasas, he went to work for the Texas Department of Corrections as a correctional officer. For the next 10 years or so, he worked at the following correctional facilities, Eastham, and Hilltop Units. In 1992, Ernest and Marilyn moved to Pettus to open up the new prison in Beeville, Texas, the McConnell Unit. In 1997, Ernest retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Ernest and Marilyn moved back to the Austin area and eventually to Liberty Hill. While living in Liberty Hill, Ernest went to work for Meridell Achievement Center. In January of 2008, Marilyn lost her 2 ½ year battle with cancer. While at her side Ernest saw his marriage of 46+ years come to an end.
While working at Meridell, Ernest had met a wonderful lady by the name of Elizabeth (Liz) Hanna. She came into his life at the perfect time and gave new meaning to his life. On October 25, 2008, Ernest and Liz married. They continued to work, travel and enjoy life as a couple. Around 2010, Ernest’s health started to decline and was forced to retire from Meridell. The last year of Ernest’s life was a struggle physically. One thing for certain was Liz never left his side and was always there for him. Ernest was truly blessed by the loved ones around him in the final days. He passed away in his sleep 21 days short of his and Liz’s 7th anniversary.
Ernest was an amazing person and a wonderful role model for his sons. Quiet in nature, a Hoss Cartright figure for you Bonanza lovers, gentle giant! He loved his westerns and loved to fish (both catching and eating). He was a man that was loved by everyone that knew him. He will be greatly missed by many.
He is survived by his wife Liz, his two sons William (Bill) and wife Dee, Allen and wife Jeannie, six grandchildren, Christina, Ryan, Ashley, Ben, Will, and James; and Liz’ children, Tina and Anthony Teinert, Brandy Mendiola, Eric Stifflemire, Theresa Buzbee, 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by three sisters Jackie Rutherford and her husband Clifton, Adriene Bonorden and her husband Paul, and Sandra Davis. One brother, John Rundzieher and his wife Elizabeth (Liz). He is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ernest was preceded in death by his first wife Marilyn Ryan Rundzieher, and his parents, Thelma Ruth Luster and Johnnie Philip Rundzieher.
Memorial services are still pending.
A heartfelt thank you to Georgetown Pulmonary Associates and Seton Highland Lakes Hospice.