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Ernie J Bingham

December 14, 1923 - October 21, 2012

Ernie J. Bingham, 88, our beloved father and grandfather died Sunday, October 21, 2012 of causes incident to age. Ernie resided at the Glenwood Care Center in Oxnard, CA. at the time of his death. He was born December 14, 1923 and raised in Ogden. He was the youngest son of William Carl and Bessie Wecker Bingham. Ernie was an avid basketball and baseball player throughout his youth and carried into his adulthood. He excelled throughout his life in leadership positions. He was elected Senior Class President and was a proud graduate of Ogden High School Class of 1942. Ernie attended and was Student Body President at Weber College in 1946-47 before continuing his education at the University of Utah. Ernie found a passion in sales and prided himself as being a top salesman for Friden Calculators and Packaging Corp of America. He then moved to California to work with his sons. Following high school graduation, Ernie enlisted in the Naval Aviation Corp receiving his commission in February 1943. He was trained as a pilot and flew torpedo bombers (TBM’s) off aircraft carriers in the Pacific as part of Torpedo Squadron 15. He likened flying TBm’s to that of flying a bathtub. Ernie earned the Navy “Wings of Gold.” He served as Cadet Commander of the 33rd Battalion at the St. Mary’s Pre-flight Academy in Oakland, CA.Ernie married Donna Mae Wilkinson, also of Ogden, on October 14, 1946. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Between them they raised five loving children: Lynda (Marvin) Chynoweth (FL.), Sheri (Spencer) Stark (UT.), Barbara (Polo) Afuvai (UT.), Craig (Anna) Bingham (FL.) and Ernie Bingham Jr. (CA.) all surviving. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, parents, and siblings: Ron, Virginia, Marvin, Barbara, and Walt. Donna having died far too soon following a valiant fight with cancer died on March 22, 1975. As a result, Ernie wanted his body donated to science as his way of helping to find a cure. His wishes where upheld. The family would like to extend a warm heartfelt expression of gratitude to Ernie Jr. and his son Sean for providing care and companionship to our dad over the years. Ernie and Donna’s posterity continues to grow being grandparents of 18 and great grandparents to 36. The family will hold a private service to honor our father. Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Born: December 14, 1923
Died: October 21, 2012

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LaRae Rasmussen posted on 11/17/12

I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember your family living in your Grandma Mae's home when you were all little children. Your Dad and Mom used to come over to our home and visit once in a while. The last time we saw Ernie was when we visited at your home in Bountiful. Did you know that Donna was Ron's favorite cousin? I was so glad to see Barbara and Sherrie at Ron's viewing. I wish we could have talked longer. Love you all. LaRae


Wendy Rasmussen Myers posted on 11/9/12

Binghams, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I didn't realize he lived in Oxford, CA. I was there a couple of years ago and would have liked to look he and Ernie Jr up. It's been a long time since I have seen them both. Barbie and Sherry, I can't tell you how good it was to see you both at Dad's furneral a couple of weeks ago. I have good memories of your family and I know that dad really loved his cousin, your mom. I hope you find comfort in your friends and family.Love Wendy Rasmussen Myers


Bob Bradshaw posted on 11/8/12

Hi Binghams, I just heard about your Dad.I wanted to let you that I am sorry about your loss. I have great memoories spending lots of time at your house during junior high and high school years. Your father was always nice to me and always met me with a big smile. I will always remember his laugh. I have great memories of your parents and the wonderful children they raised and I wish you all the best of everything. Your friend, Bob


Dave Merkley posted on 11/8/12

I only got to know Mr. Bingham for a short time while he was at Glenwood. As an aspiring pilot, we hit it off from day one. The thing I most loved is after every visit he would sincerely thank me for coming by. He was always so positive, even when I knew he was not having a good day.I loved hearing his stories of flying. We would sit for hours talking of his training and time in the Pacific. We would go over my training, pulling out charts and graphs. It was so fun to see his eyes light up. We had a joke where he would say he had 48 carrier take offs, to which I would reply that I hoped he had the same number of carrier landings.I am so glad I got to know him. He is a great man. You can tell from the legacy his family is. I will miss him.My condolences to your family.