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.