Ernest J Hahn passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord and Savior surrounded by his family on August 18, 2019.
He was an exceptional Husband, Father, brother, and Papa, as well as an accomplished Baker, Fisherman, Skier and Gardener.
As a small child growing up, working in the family bakery business in New Jersey, Ernie constantly dreamed of hunting, fishing and the outdoors “out west”. After graduating from St. Benedicts prep school, Ernie attended Dunwoody School of Baking in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While attending Dunwoody, Ernie became good friends with a classmate from Oregon and upon graduation, followed his friend back to his hometown of Prineville, Oregon to finally experience the western outdoors he had always dreamed of. While in Oregon, Ernie met his wife of 57 years, Bette A (Whipple) Hahn.
After marring Bette, and the birth of their eldest son Ernie, they moved back to New Jersey and together with his brother, purchased the family bakery business from their father.
After several years living in New Jersey and the birth of two more children, Mark and Karen, Ernie decided that pursuing his dreams of hunting, fishing and the endless outdoor opportunities that awaited him out west far outweighed owning a successful baking business in the east.
Ernie sold his half of the business to his brother and moved the family to Boise, Idaho where he owned and operated several bakeries in the treasure valley.
Ernie spent the next fifteen years passing on his love of the outdoors to his children as they grew up alongside him fishing, hunting, camping and enjoying life in the country. In 1985, Ernie accepted a position in sales and moved to Oregon where he eventually retired and spent 25 years fishing, hunting, skiing and camping and thoroughly enjoying the great outdoors that he always loved.
Three years ago, Ernie and Bette moved back to the treasure valley to be closer to family. Ernie was a friend to all and stranger to none. He loved to sum up his time on this earth by saying, “I’ve had the best of the best” and he really did, as he truly embraced life and lived it to the fullest. We will miss him dearly, but his spirit will live on in us all forever.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents Ernest Sr. and Marion Hahn, sister Marianne Hahn and brother Eduard Hahn.
Ernie is survived by his wife Bette A Hahn, his three children, Ernie Jr (Shannon) Hahn, Mark (Amy) Hahn and Karen (Shon) Ashley, his brother Eric (Katherine), his sister in law Jeanne, his grandchildren Jacob, Megan, Hunter, Lauren, Rachel and Colton, and great-granddaughter Karlee.