Ernest Joseph Lujan, 86, of Sun City Arizona, passed away in his home on Monday, February 13, 2012, while surrounded by his family. Ernie, fondly remembered as “Bumps” or “Bumpa” was born on March 14, 1925 to Ben and Florence Lujan in Vallorso, Colorado.
He served as a Seaman Second Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Ernie was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. During his military service, Ernie received several campaign medals; the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign, American Area Campaign, World War II Victory and the Philippine Liberation. Ernie retired from the Continental Can Company in Sacramento, California in the early 80’s. He has resided in Sacramento California; Farmington, New Mexico; Trinidad, Denver and Durango, Colorado.
Ernie was preceded in death by his wife Patricia who succumbed to her death in 1985 after a long battle with cancer. They are survived by three sons, Ernest Jr, Ronald, and Steven; two daughters, Joanne Jacquez and Sandra Lujan-Gonzales. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Leona, four step sons, Steven, Mark, Jeffery and Todd Vaughn, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his youngest brother Max Lujan and numerous nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 East Western Avenue, Avondale, Arizona, on Thursday, February 16. Viewing will begin at 5:00 pm, with the Memorial Services and Rosary to begin at 6:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 17th.
Though Bumps loved nature, hunting, fishing, hiking, taking scenic pictures, watching western movies and listening to country music, his greatest passion was playing golf. He will be forever loved and missed by all his family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make memorial gifts, please make donations to your local Hospice, Veterans of Foreign Wars or a donation of your choice.
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