Richard “Ernie” Mager, 65

Ernie Mager passed away December 13, 2019 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood ID, with his wife by his side. He was born December 29, 1953 in Cottonwood, ID to Eugene Mager and June Huntley Mager.

The family later moved to Grangeville where he lived most of his life. He attended grade school at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and attended Saint Gertrude’s Academy his freshman year. He finished his high school education at Grangeville High School where he graduated in 1972. He will always be remembered as an outstanding athlete and an awesome classmate.

Ernie married the love of his life Beth Gehring on May 7, 1994 after a “short” courtship. After graduation he went to work in the logging industry and worked for Pierson Enterprises, Art Smith Logging, Bill Rae Logging, Gerald Lindsey LTL Logging, and the world-famous Olympia Logging. He finished out his working career at the City of Grangeville, where he retired in January 2019. He was known as one of the hardest working men around.

He was preceded in death by his mother June Mager, Father Eugene Mager, brother David Mager, sister-in-law Dianne Mager, nephew Glenn Settle, and mother-in-law Bette Gehring.

Ernie leaves behind his beloved wife Beth Gehring Mager, sisters Patty Mager Settle (Bill) and Michele Mager Armstrong, brothers Scott Mager (Karen) and Jeff “JD” Mager, and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Ernie was kind of a quiet guy, till you got to know him. He will be remembered for the love his wife Beth, his pets over his lifetime, the San Francisco 49ers, Notre Dame football, Gonzaga basketball, rafting, music, all of his family and friends, his kindness, and a wicked sense of humor. The only thing he didn’t care for in life was the Boise State Broncos. Sorry BSU fans! His last act of kindness was to have his final wish to be carried out as an Organ Donor upon his death.

A rosary will be recited Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:00 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with a memorial mass to follow at 10:30 am. Inurnment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. You may submit condolences to the family to Blackmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to Saints Peter and Paul Parish or School, Kids Klub, Horizons, or ARF.

Condolences to the family of Richard “Ernie” Mager, 65

  • Brenda Kaschmitter says:

    So sorry for your loss Beth. Let your good memories help you through the rough days ahead! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Gail Baker E.K. Riley Investments says:

    Beth, I am so sorry to hear about your husband passing. I wish i was there to give you a hug. Please know that we are all thinking of you in Seattle. Gail Baker

  • John & Chris Kaschmitter says:

    So very sorry for the passing of Ernie, may he rest in peace

  • Jeff Rickman says:

    Beth. sorry for your loss. Will always remember good times from the “old days”. Ernie was a good friend as well as a good person.

  • Jon & Cheryl Zehner says:

    Dear Beth and family. Our hearts just ache for you. No time on earth can ever prepare us for the loss of one we have loved so dearly. When I would see Ernie he would always make time for a quick hi. Ernie was a very special guy. We will treasure our memories of him. Our sincere sympathy, Jon & Cheryl Zehner

  • Dan Ackerman says:

    To Beth and Ernie’s Family, my sincerest condolences to you all on Ernie’s passing . He will always be in my memorie as a great guy, all the beers, all the laughs,all the great times
    You will be truly missed.
    RIP Ernie….thoughts and prayers…
    Dan Ackerman

  • Vern And Karen Meyer says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss Beth. Our prayers are with you today and always.

  • Randy and Vicki Shears says:

    Hi Beth, Randy and I are so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We will continue to hold you in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry that we are out of town Friday through Sunday and will miss the funeral.
    Know that we are there with you in spirit. God Bless, Randy and Vicki Shears

  • Al and Carol Arnzen says:

    I did not know Ernie Mager was Rick Mager. I taught him and coached him in basketball and baseball. He was a good man and you should be proud of him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Al and Carol Arnzen

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