Filiberto Ernesto “Ernie” Abachiche Jr., age 86, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023. Ernie is one of 16 children born to Filiberto and Josephine (Mondragon) Abachiche in Saguache, CO on June 20, 1936.
At a young age he honorably served in the United States Marine Corps. Upon his discharge he moved to Montrose, CO. Ernie’s work experience was vast, some of his occupations include mining, constructing the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels and skyscrapers, and shearing sheep throughout Colorado. Ultimately, he retired as a Control Room Operator for Tri-State Generation.
Ernie was married to Epimena M. Abachiche (Enriquez) for seven years, until her death in 1970. Ernie is survived by his wife of 50 amazing years, Maria E. Abachiche (Tarango). His surviving children include Cindy (Ron) Sullivan, Debbie (Alfred) Evans, Anthony (Rachel) Abachiche, Paulette Abachiche, Monica (Antonio) Suarez, and Filiberto “Ernie” (Maria) Abachiche III, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren.
Ernie is directly preceded in death by his parents Filiberto and Josephine Abachiche, son Eugene Abachiche, and grandchildren Gregory Evans and Anthony Vincent Abachiche.
Ernie’s graciousness, kindness, and unconditional love is a legacy of a faithful man who will be greatly missed. He was a loved and respected by all of those who have crossed his path and he has left a long-lasting impression on every life he has touched.
John 11:25 – “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.”
“Husband, Dad, and Grandpa we will always treasure the time we spent with you. We will never forget all of the conversations, laughs, and teachings you’ve shared with us. There will be no goodbyes, only we will meet again.”
Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 11am at Crossroads Victory Church 515 S Hillcrest Dr Montrose, Colorado
Traditional burial with full military honors will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 1pm at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado 2830 Riverside Parkway Grand Junction, Colorado