Scott Richard Ernst, 55, of Cedar Rapids, died of a sudden heart attack on Friday, April 20, 2018, while at work in Cedar Rapids. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home with sharing of memories beginning at 5:30 p.m. A service will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Waynesville Memorial Chapel in Waynesville, Mo., followed by a private family graveside at Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery in Waynesville.
Scott was born Dec. 31, 1962, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, before moving to Waynesville, Mo., with his family during high school. He attended the University of Missouri-Rolla, renamed Missouri S&T, and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Following graduation, Scott began his career at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, where he worked until his final day. He served as a principal RF engineer, being an expert for the organization. Scott held a patent in microwave technology. He was loved and enjoyed by all his
Scott was a life-long learner. When he wasn't at work, he could always be found with a book or researching family genealogy for not just his family, but his friends' families as well. Scott was known by many as a "Gentle Soul" and will be remembered for his warm smile and brilliance. He was also a loyal Kansas City Chiefs fan and stuck with them even through the tough times.
Scott is survived by his mother, Marilyn Ernst of Waynesville; his brother, Dave and Sherry Ernst of Waynesville; two nephews, Karl Ernst and Dallas Ernst; two nieces, Kirsche "Kae" Miller and Lorelei Foe; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard "Dick" Ernst; and his brother, Randy Ernst.
The Ernst family wishes to extend their gratitude to Scott's coworkers at Rockwell Collins and the staff at St. Luke's Hospital, who have shown graciousness and kindness during this difficult time.
The family also requests that donations be made in Scott's memory to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.