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(March 17, 1941 – November 20, 2011)

Ernie Hautala Jr., 70, of Midland, died unexpectedly on Nov. 20, 2011. Ernie was born on March 17, 1941 in Midland to the late Ernie and Ruth (VanValkenberg) Hautala. On Jan 24, 1969 Ernie married his sweetheart Claudia McCormick. Ernie was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He and Claudia were missionaries in the Philippines from 1973 to 1985. Ernie then went on to be a pastor in Hudsonville and Goodells, Michigan from 1985 to 1993. He became Pastor at Dayton Center Church in Michigan from 1993 to 2006. From 1999 to present Ernie was in charge of the Shepherds Care Ministry, Inc. Ernie loved his grandchildren and enjoyed music and rock collecting. He loved Jesus Christ and proclaiming the Good News. Ernie is survived by his wife Claudia; daughter, Sonya (Ryan) Lee of Humble, TX; son, Rev. Todd (Cindy) Hautala of Ashville, OH; grandchildren, McKenna, Ethan, Micah, Sophie; sister, Karen (Marv) Sieffert; brothers, Dan (Cindy), Joel (Caryl) and Steve (Linda). Ernie was predeceased by his sister Lori Barclay. A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Sat., Nov. 26, at 11:00 am with Pastor Dan Dickerson officiating. The family will receive friends from10:00 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Shepherds Care or Word of Life – Philippines. Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.