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. Ernie Davis says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing Ernie through Kairos and Tres Dias. He was a strong mentor and taught me how to lead worship. The memory of bag pipes at the retreat house at dawn will always bring a smile to my face. A gentle spirit, a good friend, he will be missed. ‘Till we meet again my friend…”

  2. Bruce Hempel says:

    Ernie was a dear friend and brother in Christ. We had many wonderful times together in prison ministry and in conversations afterwards. It was a joy to serve the Lord together! We enjoyed playing music together in the Lord’s service, but most of all we enjoyed seeing God at work in hearts. Ernie’s heart beat for God’s kingdom. He is with the Lord now, but we will be together again. My family’s prayers go out for Linda and the rest of their family.

  3. We knew Ernie for such a short time but blessed us so with his humility and joy in the Lord. We really were saddened to hear of his passing for the sake of his family and all those that he served. Yet Ernie himself has crossed into that heavenly kingdom to the Lord that he loved. “It is well with my soul”

  4. Ernie and Linda have been special friends to my wife and I over many years. We have such great memories of being neighbors in Phoenicia, NY, and accompanying Ernie on the piano. Most of all, it was our privilege of knowing a man who loved the Lord so much in life, and now will be loving Him and being in His presence for eternity. Rest in peace, my friend!

  5. Mike Gerhart says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Shultis family. Ernie was taken to young. I worked with Ernie at IBM Kingston, NY way back in the 1980’s. I’ll never forget him especially seeing him marching around the parking lot at IBM while he practiced his pipes. Always a good hearted man. May you all find peace and celebrate his life.

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