Ernest Manford Knisely 73, of Markle, passed away on August 14, 2020, at his home.\n\nBorn in Flint, MI, on October 5, 1946, to the late Paul and Pearl (Miles) Knisely. He spent his formative years in Auburn, graduating from Auburn High School in 1964. Later he graduated from International Business College in 1966.\n\nErnie served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 as an E-4 Specialist. He served for one year in Thailand.\n\nHe worked for the United States Post Office from 1968, retiring in 2001. He later worked for three summers at the Markle Pool.\nErnie was a member of the Auburn American Legion Post #97.\nHe loved to go to the Casinos and should have several stools named after him. He enjoyed working on the yard. Ernie was famous for saying "Let's go to Florida for two weeks" and then would sometimes return in less than a week.\n\nErnest is survived by his best friend, Garland Wilson; his brother, Stanley (Terry) Knisely; three bonus kids, Miles (Tarah) Wilson, Joel Wilson and Jenica (Josh) Bauer; nine bonus grandchildren, Cole, Desi, Amira, Blane, Travis, Cambri, Nova, Orion and Dariah; five nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and nephews; several great-great nieces and nephews.\nIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, La Vern Knisely; two sister-in-laws, Marabeth and Sharon Knisely; a nephew, Thomas Knisely.\n\nServices will take place at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.\n\nFamily will receive friends on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.\n\nBurial taking place at Prospect Cemetery, 340 West 900 North Uniondale, In 46791.\n\nPlease direct memorials to Prospect Cemetery, 390 N. Haflich St. Markle, In 46770 or the Markle Fish & Game Club Park.\n\nOnline Guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.sheetsandchilds.com.