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Ernest Albert Satterfield, 61, of Grandview, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013. Military graveside services will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM.
Ernie was born in Washington D.C. on March 26, 1952 and is survived by his two daughters Deidre (Satterfield) Malcom of Overland Park, Kansas and Christina (Satterfield) Smith of Independence, Missouri as well as sister Melanie and brothers Steve, Kenneth and Jimmy. He is preceded in death by his mother Ernestine Hunley, father Omer Satterfield, and sister Susan (Satterfield) Meyers.
Ernie was a football player at Fort Osage High School and graduated from there in 1970. He drove in sports car rallies with the SCCA and worked in the pits as a runner at the race track both during high school and as a young adult. After graduation he worked for a fire extinguisher company for a short time before joining the US Army. Ernie completed his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and was accepted into the aircorps training section where he suffered a severe ankle injury and was rendered physically unfit to continue that training due to the severity of that injury. He was then sent to Korea and was transferred to Ft. Knox, Kentucky in the fall of 1972. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Ernie moved back to D.C. to be closer to his family. He was immediately hired to work under his father. His first child, Deidre, was born in September of 1974. In 1975 He moved back to Missouri. In 1976 Ernie started working at General Motors where he stayed employed until retirement. In August of 1988 his second daughter, Christina, was born. He loved being active and could be found bowling, playing softball, and especially playing pool. He enjoyed bow hunting and competed in archery tournaments. His smile was charming and he always had a twinkle in his eye.