Ernest John Hoskins
June 27, 1925 – March 21, 2021
Hoskins, Ernest John, passed away on Sunday, March 21st, in Chino, CA, at the age of 95. Known as “Lefty” to many of his friends, he was the cherished husband of Joan Pauline (Miller) Hoskins for over 37 years, and Marilyn Barrett Hoskins for over 31 years. Ernest was the beloved father/stepfather of 9, grandfather of 20, and great grandfather of 12.
He grew up in Chicago, and after graduating from Calumet HS in 1943, Ernest joined the US Marine Corps, fighting on the islands of Guam and Iwo Jima during WWII. Late in life, he finally admitted he had been one of the marines who climbed Mt. Pinatubo the day the famous flag was planted. He’d been volunteered to join the group going up, shortly after his mortar division had landed on the island.
Ernest attended St. Linus Church in Oak Lawn, IL, and enjoyed singing in the choir for many of his adult years, which led to his performing with the St. Linus Way Off Broadway troupe during the 1970’s and 80’s. Almost every season, he participated in the bowling and golf leagues sponsored by the church.
Along with his brother William, now deceased, Ernest was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his other younger brother, Eugene.
In his retired years, Ernest set up his own basement workshop where he made decorative items for his family and friends, using glass, metal and wood. He also remained physically active, golfing with friends into his 90’s.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 26, at 10:00am. This service will be held at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery chapel. The cemetery is located at 6601 W. 111th St. in Worth, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernest’s name may be made to Veteran’s organizations, such as The Gary Sinise Foundation or the Semper Fi Fund.