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Merced, CA 95340

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Ernest Bong Services & Obituary

Ernie was a long-time supporter and Board Member of COVE. His presence and involvement will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to Josie and family. If you are interested in attending his services, they are listed below.

Friday, Jul. 12, 2019
1:00 PM
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
32053 McCabe Road
Santa Nella, CA

Memorial Service
Saturday, Jul. 13, 2019
1:30 PM
Bear Creek Community Church
1717 E Olive Avenue
Merced, CA

Ernest Charles Bong
March 3, 1932 - June 22, 2019

Ernest was promoted to glory after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ernest was born in Pekin, Illinois to Charles and Leona Bong. He was the second of three boys. Other that a very brief amount of time that he lived in Arizona, he remained in Pekin, Illinois until he graduated high school. Upon graduation he returned to Prescott, Arizona where his parents were living. He worked in Prescott for a short time before moving to Flagstaff to work with the officers at The Salvation Army church that had just opened.
In 1952 he moved to San Francisco to attend the Salvation Army School for officer's training. This continued his already long-standing relationship with the Salvation Army. This is where he met the love of his life, Norma. They were married for almost 60 years and had 5 children together.

Ernie remained an officer in the Salvation Army until September 1961. At that time, he went to work as a social worker for the Merced County Welfare Department. He remained there until June 1972 and eventually returning to retire in March 1994. After losing his wife Norma, He was fortunate enough to find someone to share his heart with again. He married Josephine Friesen July 11, 2014. They were blessed to have nearly five years together.
Ernie is best known for his love and his dedication to the Lord. As an adult, he served as an officer in the Salvation Army, Later as a member in the Salvation Army church. And, lastly as a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Even after becoming a member of the Church of the Nazarene, he continued to support the Salvation Army.

Ernie leaves behind his wife Josephine, his children Forrest Bong of Peoria, AZ, Beverly June (Jeff)of Merced, CA, Barbara Bailey (Gene) of Anderson, CA, Bryan Bong (Cynthia) of Greenwood, CA, and Beth Fullerton of Moriarty, NM, 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Ernie was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

In Lieu of flowers, donation to the Salvation Army or the local COVE organization are appreciated.

Interment will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery located at 32053 McCabe Road, Santa Nella, California 95322. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Community Church located at 1717 E Olive Avenue Merced, California 95340.


COVE Board Opening

As a non-profit organization, COVE’s oversight is a Board of Directors.
Currently, there is an opening for a Board Member.
The Board meets every 2 months from 11:00am – 1:00pm. The
primary responsibility of the Board is to approve general operations and
ensure fiscal soundness of COVE.
If you are interested, you are invited to attend the next Board meeting on
July 17, 2019, at 11:00am.


Adjusting to Sight Loss

4-Session Course for Persons
55 or older

1st Session – Wed, July 17
1:00pm – 3:00pm

COVE - 1901 G Street, Merced

Sight Loss is a Life-Altering Event
Learn how to Deal with its Challenges

Reserve your space.
Contact COVE at:
209-722-8118 or info@covemerced.org


Support Group
Family, Friends & Caregivers
of the Blind & Low Vision

Friday, July 19, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am

COVE - 1901 G Street, Merced

Contact COVE at:
209-722-8118 or info@covemerced.org


Merced Support Group
Cancelled for July


Westside Support Group

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Elk’s Lodge
565 E Street, Los Baños

10:30am – 12:00pm

Stages of Grief

Questions? Contact COVE at:
209-722-8118 or info@covemerced.org


COVE Men’s Group

Friday, July 19, 2019
10:00am - noon

Questions? Contact COVE at:
209-722-8118 or info@covemerced.org


COVE Men’s Group

Friday, June 21, 2019
10:00am - noon


Out-of-Sight Crafters

Tuesday, July 29, 2019
10:00am – noon

COVE - 1901 G Street, Merced

Questions? Contact COVE at:
209-722-8118 or info@covemerced.org



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