Ernest Eugene Unruh

06/29/1927 — 04/10/2020

From Richland, WA | Born in Susanville, CA

Ernest Eugene Unruh

Ernest Eugene Unruh (aka Gene and Ernie)

June 29, 1927 – April 10, 2020

On April 10th, Ernest Eugene Unruh went peacefully to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, joining his wife Margarette Louise Scharff in their forever home in Heaven.

Education was very important to Ernest. He graduated from Whitworth College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. He also attended Emmaus Bible College, Prairie Bible Institute, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington College, Colorado State University, and the University of Washington.

It was his proud honor to serve the US Navy in both WWII and during the Korean Conflict.

He first taught school in Reardon, Washington and then taught for 27 years in Richland, Washington. He loved teaching math and science as a Bomber at Columbia High and retired from Hanford High School. The biggest investment he ever made was in the hearts and minds of his students and those around him. His students always looked forward to his quote of the day on the black board. He felt his job as a teacher was not only to teach but also to be an encourager.

He was a member of the First Family Baptist Church of Richland. There he was a deacon, a youth director and taught adult Sunday school classes. He often preached at Walnut Avenue Gospel Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was a Lay Pastor for churches around the area; Grandview, Sunnyside, Boardman, Connell and Burbank. He had a heart for Christian Missions and it was always his joy to have missionaries in the home and support them.

Family was very important to him. He took his family almost once a month to see family in northeastern Washington and northern Idaho. He loved his wife and his children: Kim (spouse Lynda), Calvin (spouse Leslie), Loren (spouse Kathryn) and Janice (spouse David). He invested his wisdom, love and prayers in all of his 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

With a twinkle in his eye and a little laughter, he enjoyed sharing and hearing jokes and sharing his good humor.

Charitable donations can be made to Account #215503, Wycliffe Foundation PO Box 628200, Orlando FL 32862

He was a good and faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and we who believe will see him in glory.

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  • Janice and family. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He is happy with the Lord and his beloved wife now. Prayers to all of you during this time.

    Mickey Rose
    May 18, 2020
    Richland WA
  • RIP Mr. Unruh. I really enjoyed being in your Chemistry class at Col High in 1965.

    Dina Spanjer Alberts
    May 18, 2020
    Everett WA
  • I have known the Unruh clan for many years through the FBC Richland. I also had Gene for Algebra in Col High. Although I have lost touch, I remember him most for the encouragement he offered. A wonderful teacher and person through the years. I know we who believe will join him and others who have gone before in Heaven.

    Rick Herrington
    May 16, 2020
    West Richland
  • I got to take care of your father since November 2018- July 2019. He was funny and made a lot of his caregivers laugh. I remember one of the talks we had, it was always about his kids and grandchildren. He always had the biggest smile on his face when any of you came to visit. Your father and mother really showed me a lot of love while I was there. They told me the ” secret ” to a long lasting marriage to stories about raising each of you. He will be missed.

    May 16, 2020
  • I had the pleasure of having Mr. Unruh as a teacher at Columbia High School. He was a very kind, understanding gentleman, with a heart of gold, and a wonderful sense of humor. He touched countless children’s lives. My sincerest sympathy to his family. Rest in peace Mr. Unruh, you will be missed.

    Thomas D. Brown
    May 15, 2020
    Richland, WA
  • Rest in Peace, Gene. May a flight of angels carry you to your rest.

    Joseph Large'
    May 15, 2020
    Hopkinsville, KY
  • I am sorry for your loss. I taught with Ernie at Hanford Secondary School from 1978 until he retire. Ernie was always happy and a joy to be around.

    Vickie Makenas Kelly
    May 15, 2020
    Richland, WA
  • I really enjoyed the small talks when I would clean their room when I was a house keeper. For 2 years there. Even after I left I continued to say hi to my faves of Brookdale. Even though he was of little words he will be missed. Very sorry but happy that he is at peace now. Hugs and god bless.

    Jessica Myers
    May 15, 2020
  • So sorry about the loss of you dad. He was special. Love Connie

    Connie Cosens
    May 15, 2020
    Brookdale Richland