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Thelma Bullock Ernst, 92 - April 08, 2015

Thelma Bullock Ernst, 92, of Gothenburg died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services were conducted at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, April 10, with the Rev. Joel Plisek officiating. Interment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Ernst was born Jan. 9, 1922, to James Lincoln and Maggie L. (Cooley) Fair on a farm south of Elwood, which the family lost during the Great Depression.
The family later moved to Lexington where she was baptized on June 12, 1932, at the Methodist Episcopal Church. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1941.
She met Glen Bullock at the Dawson County Fair following her graduation. She followed him to California and caught up with him in Las Vegas. The couple were married early in the morning on Jan. 25, 1942.
Ernst and her husband went on to California where he was drafted into the Army and spent three years serving in the South Pacific. She returned to Lexington and worked for an accountant during that time.
After the war, Ernst and her husband returned to California where they owned and operated a dry cleaning store right next to the Santa Anita Race Track.
When the couple were married for 11 years, they finally had their first son. They actually were about to adopt a daughter until she became pregnant.
Her son, Glen B. Bullock, Jr. (Chip) was born on Feb. 17, 1953. The family then came back to Nebraska to operate Lexington Laundry and Dry Cleaners with her sister and brother-in-law.
In 1957, they got an opportunity to purchase a dry cleaning store in Gothenburg.
?On Dec. 3, 1960, their second son, Cort David was born. They owned and operated Bullock’s Cleaners which they ran six days a week until 1982 when they retired.
?Ernst’s husband passed away on April 25, 1990. In 1991, she found companionship with Dutch Ernst to which they shared almost 20 years together.
She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, shopping and dancing as well as puzzles and crossword puzzles, according to family members.
Ernst was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gothenburg and PEO Chapter AW, also of Gothenburg.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, James and Maggie; her husband, Glen.
Survivors include: her two sons—Chip (Donnis) Bullock of Broken Bow and Cort (Kathy) Bullock of Gothenburg; a brother, Don (Joan) Fair of Wahoo; a sister, Marge Woorley of Cozad; eight grandchildren—Brandon (Thelma) Bullock of Brule, Abby (Christi) Cameron of Gainesville, TX, Corrie (Scott) Klostermeyer of Omaha, Trent Bullock of North Platte, Tyler (Kortney) Bullock, Torey (Dustin) Walker, Cameron Bullock and Angella Miller, all of Gothenburg; 10 great-grandchildren—Preston, Tucker, Patrick, Kailee, Codi, Kaidence, Karson, Cole, Maxwell and Natileigh.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138, and the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 10th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.