Ernest Wilfred Shultis

January 06, 1956 - September 20, 2013

Ernest Wilfred Shultis

January 06, 1956 - September 20, 2013


Resident of Ferndale, WA.

Ernest Wilfred Shultis, born in Margaretville, NY, on January 6, 1956, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 20, 2013 in Bellingham, WA, at the age of 57.

Son: of Christ Jesus through His wonderful grace and born to Milton & Jean Shultis.

Husband: to the love of his life Linda Shultis of Ferndale, WA (married June 6, 1987 in Accord, NY).

Brother: to his loving sister Anne Gregory, her husband Michael, Lindas brother Garry Cointot and his wife Sue.

Father: to his three children: Sean Shultis, Joshua Shultis & Corinna Wood and their spouses: Jennifer Shultis, Elizabeth Shultis & Robert Wood.

Grandfather: to Ian Joshua Wood & Sophie Belle Shultis.

Friend: to all who knew him.

Follower: of God Almighty.

Volunteer: Chaplain at Whatcom County Jail, Bellingham, WA; previously in the Kairos Prison Ministry at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, Coxsackie, NY.

Musician: Great Highland Bagpipes, Northumbrian Pipes, Shuttle Pipes, Uilleann Bagpipes & Scottish Smallpipes, Irish Harp, 6- & 12-String Guitars, Fiddle, Mandolin, Tenor Irish Banjo, Ukulele, English and Anglo Concertinas, Hammered & Appalachian Dulcimers, Harmonica, Tin Whistle & many other instruments. Ernie proudly played with the Amerscot Highland Pipe Band of Hurley, NY for 10 years, the Kingston Irish Rovers, the Del-Se-Nango Old Tyme Fiddlers and a band he created with his sweetheart Linda called Cruit Mo Cridh (Harp of my Heart). He was also a beloved member of the Folkloric Society of Kingston, NY.

Outdoorsman: Hailing from the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY, Ernies curiousity for plant, insect and animal wildlife was immense. His vast knowledge of geography & cultural traditions were a passion in their own right. Ernie enjoyed hiking, kayaking and camping, and enjoyed the beauty of the NY Catskill Mountains and the Pacific Northwest most of all.

Technician: Ernie worked 27 years at the IBM plants in Kingston & Poughkeepsie, NY as a Sr. Test Technician for mainframe computers.

Promoter: of the free and everlasting love of his Savior Jesus Christ.

Comedian: He delighted wholeheartedly in the encouragement of puns, corny jokes & odd humor.

Survived by: His parents, Milton and Jean Shultis of Sugarland, TX; his sister, Anne Gregory of Sugarland, TX; his wife, Linda Shultis of Ferndale, WA; his son, Sean Shultis of Cameron, NC; his son, Joshua Shultis of Sunbury, OH and his daughter, Corinna Wood of Lawrence, KS; his grandchildren, Ian Joshua Wood of Lawrence, KS, and Sophie Belle Shultis of Cameron, NC; nieces and nephews and a partridge in a pear tree!

Farewell Tribute Information

A prayer service will be held Friday September 27 at 6pm and a funeral service will be held Saturday September 28th at 10am. Both services will be held at the Lummi Nation Wexlium Community Building. Donations Information

Memorial: In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in memory of Ernie Shultis at or mail to NAIM, PO Box 499, Sumas, WA 98295.

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26 responses to Ernest Wilfred Shultis

  1. Bill Teubl says:

    I knew Ernie through Kairos and Bruce Hempel. I am thankful for Ernie’s life and testimony and his family is in my prayers

  2. Robert Wood says:

    We will miss your humor and amazing humor. You are a loved father and we will miss you. Bagpipes are in Ian’s future to keep the tradition alive.

  3. Ernie always reflected the love of Christ. I will think of you whenever I hear amazing grace on the pipes.

  4. Tom Ransom says:

    Here I am approx. 6 years later to find my dear Brother in Christ has died. Ernie was an inspiration to me in one of my darkest moments. A testimony and he kept me accountable. I remember Ernie as if it were this AM! TY JESUS for Ernie!

  5. Ernie was always such a blessing along with his sweetheart. Linda. I always remember hearing them playing at a little chapel as Cruit Mo Cridh and all those instruments he picked up and played. Linda accompanying on her guitar. It is a memory I will never forget. Linda, I pray that the Holy Spirit wash over you once again, sustaining you and being an extra special warmth in your heart today and the days to come. God bless you sister.

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