Ernest W. Wollard, 85, Excelsior Springs, Mo., died on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
E.W. was born November 8, 1933 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Samuel and Bernice Craven Wollard. E. W. was drafted into the Navy in 1955 and served until 1957. He served on the Minesweeper and the USS Pluck. After returning home from the Navy he joined his father selling Lincoln Mercury automobiles. He later became the dealer in 1977 with his brother Mike, they retired in 1998. While being a dealer, E. W. was awarded the highest awards that could be received by Ford Motor Company, the President’s and Chairman’s awards three different times.
On April 22, 1960 he married Jenice Green at the Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church.
He loved to travel, take cruises, old cars, old movies, old music and old TV shows. He had several antique cars over the years which he drove in different parades around town.
While a Lincoln Mercury Dealer he sponsored the Marrant Brothers racing team and enjoyed attending the races every Saturday night at I-70 Speedway. He also sponsored several little league baseball teams and one mixed team.
E.W. leaves behind his wife, Jenice, of 59 and a half years; his brother, Mike and his wife, Sherry, and their three children; he also leaves behind a very special nephew, Danny Green, who helped him and was by his side during his illness. He leaves behind his special dog, Babe, who was his constant companion. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and their families; one brother-in-law, Wayne Green; and two sister-in-laws, Ellen Malott and Carol Hardison.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 with service following at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, Mo. The family suggest in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter.
Our Sincere Condolences
My heartfelt condolences to Jenice and all the family. EW was a good friend all through school and we continued to keep in touch over the years after I left Excelsior Springs. I enjoyed chatting on the phone with EW about how we were doing and what was going on with our families and friends in Excelsior Springs and California. I will miss him – he was a wonderful man.
So sorry to hear but I know EW is up in heaven driving around in his Mercury and probably headed to a racetrack to watch the Fords whip the Chevy boys. Next race I go to will be in memory of my friend EW. Rest In Peace.