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Ernest Edward Thacker
  • Passed away on August 08, 2022

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Ernest Edward Thacker “Ernie”, at 75 years old, passed away in his sleep on 8/8/2022. He attended Hazel Park High School where he met the love of his life, R. Annette McWaters, who he later married while attending Central Michigan University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army after college, then enjoyed a career in Management at General Motors/Delphi in Saginaw, MI. After he retired, he enjoyed life on the lake and golfing at Sugar Springs, Gladwin, MI for 10 years before moving permanently to The Villages, FL.

Survived by wife, Annette, of 55 years; Sons, Brett (Laura) and Ty (Breanna); Grandchildren, Cole, Gage, Kali, and Tori; Brother-in-law, John (Pisollaya). Preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Bonnie Thacker; In-laws, John and Ruth McWaters.

Ernie loved life and was always smiling. He had the best laugh. He touched the hearts of everyone that knew him. Through the years he enjoyed dirt bike riding, snowmobiling, riding his Harley, golfing and being with his family and friends. Ernie will be missed. His family and friends will always cherish the wonderful memories that they shared with him.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the New Covenant Methodist Church in The Villages, followed by a reception at Ernie and Annette’s home. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity in Ernie’s name.


New Covenant United Methodist Church
3470 Woodridge Dr, The Villages, FL 32162
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Date & Time:
November 22, 2022 at 3:00 PM

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  1. Rob & Doris Gratopp says:
    20 Sep 2022
    We are so blessed and grateful to have had a friendship with Ernie and Annette. You are the reason that Rob found his way to The Villages. Times at the condo up north as well as time spent together in The Villages will always be treasured ... golfing, New Year's Eve parties, motorcycle riding, etc. You lived life to the fullest and had such a great soul. You will be missed by so many, which is a testament to the person you were. Our thoughts and condolences are with Annette, Ty, Brianna, Brett, Laura, and your grandchildren. May your sweet soul rest in peace.

  2. Coffron Carolyn M says:
    26 Aug 2022
    Ernie was such a true super friend to many of us. So many of us are still in shocked this strong man is gone. I have so many great memories working for Ernie at Delphi Chassis. We all had so much fun at work with Ernie, other Superintendents, Supervisors, Hourly Workers. The great partys at Ernie, Annette home in Saginaw and all the line dancing classes.
    Sending Love and Prayers to Annette and Family . I know Ernie will be missed so so much. I will always internally carry all the memories close to my heart. Stay strong Annette. Love You❣
    Carolyn Coffron
    Frankenmuth MI

  3. Ty Thacker says:
    21 Aug 2022
    Dad, we went to Woodward Dream Cruise yesterday. You were supposed to be there with us but I guess it wasn't meant to be. You would have loved it! I cannot express how much I will miss your kind, caring and supportive words. I always called when I needed advice and you were always there. Thank you for being the great father that you were. Love you.

  4. Brett Thacker says:
    19 Aug 2022
    Dad, I miss you every minute of the day. I want to tell you about my day. About your grandkids day. I think of our TN trip often and how you kept grabbing me in the corners while I drove and you were on the back of your trike, as I'm laughing and your yelling...corner!... corner! You left me with many wonderful memories. I been told by many how you were so kind, the life of the party, and had such a contagious laugh. Our time spent tinkering in the garage together will never be forgotten. I will always cherish the many memories of your love for life and family. And pass them on to my kids. You left us to soon, but I know it is God's plan. And we will see each other again. You are missed so. love you.

  5. Ron and Kay Boals says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Ernie was one of my oldest dearest friends. We spent many weekends together, riding motorcycles both on and off road, as well as snowmobiles. Some of the best times of my life. A year ago we reunited to ride motorcycles out of the Tellico Plains area of Tennessee, along with friends and family. I am so glad we were able to get together. His passing will be deeply felt, although my thoughts about him and our adventures always bring a smile if not outright laughter. No doubt my life was much better for him being in it. I am grateful for the 50 years of friendship. I will never forget those times

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