Ernest C. Wineman Wednesday, March 7, 1923 - Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ernest C. Wineman Jr, 94 of Nipomo passed on Sunday July 9, 2017 at his ranch in Nipomo, California. He was born on March 7, 1923 in Santa Maria, California. Ernest graduated from Santa Maria High with the class of 1941. He went on to attend Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo for a year before being called back to the ranch where he spent the balance of his long and fruitful life working at what he loved the most, cattle ranching and farming.

Ernie was a life member of Vaqueros de los Ranchos and served as President in 1967. He also belonged to the Santa Maria Elks Club, California Cattleman’s Association, and was a lifelong member of the Santa Maria Gun Club.

Ernie had a real passion for hunting and shooting. When farming and ranching obligations allowed he traveled the Western United States in pursuit of deer, elk, and antelope. For many years he competed with rifle and shotgun. He was an accomplished long range shooter and won many trophies, ribbons, and belt buckles at the local and state level. He was the top shooter for the 1000 yard iron sight competition at the State meet in 1957 setting a National Civilian Rifle record . Likewise he won stacks of awards with his shotgun and the local and state trap competitions.

Ernie was a friend, advisor and mentor to so many in the area. He was a champion story teller and kept his family and friends entertained for hours with stories of his and his friends exploits in the hunting field.

Ernie was proceeded in death by his wife Peggie (Darling) Wineman, parents Ernest Wineman wife Cecelia (Nelson) Wineman, his brother Henry, his sisters Irene Ferini, and Margaret Williams, and his grandson Robbie Huguenard.

He is survived by his children Linda Huguenard and husband Bob, Susan Wineman, Chris Wineman and wife Joanie, Bill Wineman and wife Debbie, and Dennis Wineman, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Grave side services will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11:00am at the Santa Maria Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Santa Maria Gun Club or your favorite charity.

to: Linda, Bob and Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss, it sounds like your dad was a very special guy.

Thinking of you


So sorry to  hear of Ernie's passing. To me he was a big brother mentor and friend. Some of my fondest memories are working with Ernie during my summer vacation from school. Also I had an added bonus of Aunt CC Uncle Ernest and Boo.I would love to do it all over again.

Erv Nelson, 1st Cousin.  One of the few left.

Just a few Words, Erny he was great man. We became friends back in the early 80's at the Santa Maria gun club. This man will be missed by all. I was saden to here  that  he had passed.  It would be very apporiate for Santa Maria gun club to do something special to honor him for all the years he was active and did so much for the Santa Maria area . sincerely,    Louis Belfatto & family

I want to send my love and condolences to the extended Wineman and Nelson Families. Growing up, my mom Katie took us to the ranch often to visit. My favorite memories are the wild stories of Boo, Ernie my mom and her siblings growing up. 

Dear Susan and family, Sorry to read about your loss.  You were so blessed to have had your dad for so many years.  God comfort you. From Linda and Ron Peterson

My love goes out to all of you.  He was a wonderful man.  May you find peace at this time. God bless all of you.

So sorry for the Wineman family. He was a dear Nipomo native and will be missed. 

I'm sorry for your families loss.  I did not know Mr. Wineman but wish I had, just by the look on his face and his story. I was born at The Sisters Hospital in 1944 and grew up in the AG area.  My mother still resides on Printz Road, moved there in 1948.  I have a feeling my dad Ed Lynch probably knew Ernie.  My dad was a pipe fitter for L.E. Webb Construction for many years.  He was a hunter with hounds locally. Went to Colorado every year for elk and deer Meeker area I think.  I hope they meet up in Heaven because they have so much in common and could swap stories and a small shot of whiskey.


Rest In Peace Ernie.  I will always recall you for your generosity and kindness when I visited the ranch, while growing up.  Thanks for teaching me about firearms, shooting and hunting.  Thank you also for teaching me about hard work (hauling hay at the ranch).

We will miss him.  Condolences from a fellow Vaquero.  We will not be able to attend the services as we are going out of town.

Joe Avila and Family