Ernest C. Walls, a 51-year Harbor resident, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was 72. Ernie was born July 9, 1940, in Aberdeen to Earl and Lorraine (Parker) Walls. He grew up in the Newskah Valley. Ernie married Cecelia Berdine on July 7, 1960, at her family home.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Cecelia of the family home in the Newskah Valley; daughters, Veronica (James) Plumb of Fairbanks, Alaska and Cecelia (Lorrie) Law of Aberdeen; and granddaughter, Carrie Plumb of Fairbanks, Alaska. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Brandon & Tristan Plumb; brothers, Robert and Raymond Walls; and sister, Beverly Walls.
Ernie graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in 1958 and joined the U.S. Navy. After basic training he was sent to radio school where he became interested in electronics. The Navy is also where he learned to love and play the guitar. He left the Navy in 1961 and went to Devry Tech in Chicago, Illinois to become an Electronic Technician. After graduation, he moved his family to Monterey, California where he worked for Western Electric. Ernie was one of the crew that connected the first undersea Trans-Pacific Telephone Cable. Later he was one of the crew that built the first Satellite Receiver on the West Coast in Carmel, Calif. That receiver was built to receive the walk on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969.
In the early 70’s he went to work for the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He worked with a group of six men that designed and built specialized equipment that the Navy wanted to try. From there he brought home copies of the first weather pictures taken from outer space.
In 1978, he purchased property in Newskah Valley where he had grown up and spent a year building the family home and in June of 1979 he went to work for Lambs of Grays Harbor. There he worked on and installed paper equipment in mills in the U.S. and Canada. When the first home satellite systems became available he installed them in the homes of many people that wanted them. Ernie left Lambs in 1990 and joined his wife in real estate as a General Appraiser. They purchased Zelasko & Co. in 1992.
Ernie played guitar and sang for the District 17 Old time fiddlers and the Grays Harbor Banjo Band.
A celebration of life and potluck will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the Aberdeen Elks. Come with your story or memory to share.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Ernest at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Aberdeen.