Ernesto Gapasin

Ernesto Madayag "Ernie" Gapasin

Tuesday, November 7th, 1939 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Ernesto (Ernie) M. Gapasin M.D., 80, a devoted husband, father and friend loved by so many, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2020 surrounded by his three loving children and their immediate family.

Ernie was born on November 7, 1939 in Launion, Philippines and is the son of the late Ciriaco Estocapio Gapasin and Victoriana Ogoy Madayag Gapasin as one of eight children. Through hard work and perseverance, Ernie graduated high school as The Salutatorian. Ernie received his medical degree in 1964 from the University of Santo Tomas.

Ernie met his wife Mollie (Angelita Carlos Gapasin) in Cotabato City, Philippines where Mollie worked as a dietitian at Cotabato Provincial Hospital. Ernie and Mollie married on December 16, 1964 before immigrating to the United States for Ernie’s medical residency, which he completed at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Ernie and Mollie moved from New York to Lebanon, Missouri in 1972 with their two children, Jennifer and Kenneth. Ernie’s youngest son, Ernesto, Jr. (Jun-Jun) was born in 1973.

Ernie operated a private medical practice in Lebanon for thirty-two years, specializing in General Surgery before moving to Springfield, Missouri in 2004 to work as a staff doctor for the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners (MCFP Springfield). Ernie retired in 2014, completing a 50 year medical career helping and caring for others.

Ernie dearly loved and missed Mollie, his wife of 52 years, who passed away in 2017.

During his later years, Ernie embraced life to the fullest, thankful for all that life had to offer him. Ernie was an avid outdoorsman, as he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Ernie loved golf and taught himself to play the game. Ernie passed his passion for golf to his three children.

Ernie developed close friendships in the Lebanon and Springfield communities through his memberships at both the former Lebanon Country Club, and Twin Oaks Country Club. Ernie was also an active parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Ernie was very proud of his six grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with them as well as talking about their accomplishments.

Ernie is survived by his three children Jennifer (married to Carlos Yguico), Kenneth, Ernesto, Jr. (married to Tamara Newsom); his grandchildren, Ellie and Eva Yguico, Emma, Joshua, Elijah and Ella Gapasin; and his siblings, Celedonio, Herminio, Ruben and Benecia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT followed by a Rosary/Prayer Service at 8:00 pm CDT at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2200 W. Republic Road, Springfield, MO.

The funeral mass will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020, 11:00 am CDT, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 4677 W. Division Street, Springfield, MO.

*To ensure the safety of everyone in attendance at all the services, ALL guests will be required to wear face coverings, and social / physical distancing measures will be in place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Also, the family requests to respectfully refrain from contact with others in attendance at the services.

A “Live-Stream” to the funeral mass will be available to those who would prefer to attend remotely and can be accessed by visiting the Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home Facebook page prior to the start of the mass.

Memorial contributions in Ernie's memory can be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
    2200 W. Republic Road
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  • Service

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
    2200 W. Republic Road
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    Msgr. Thomas Reidy
  • Interment

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 12:30pm
    Resurrection Cemetery
    4535 W. State Hwy EE
    Springfield, Missouri 65802
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Posted at 05:46pm
In Honor of our very good friends Molly and Ernie. We will truly miss you!! With all of our Love, Wil & Patt Bradley, Sherri Starr & Lesli Scott.

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Jerry Fankhauser

Posted at 06:19pm
Ernie and I played together many times in the Stag Day tournaments at Twin Oaks. We always had a great time and played just bad enough to win some money. He never had a bad day. A joy to be around.
Jerry Fankhauser

Tim Compton

Posted at 12:09pm
Ernie was the best, great guy and a joy to be around. I will miss seeing him always smiling. You will missed. My condolences to the family. I’m sorry that I am not at funeral, I am streaming it live.

Benecia Bencing VanderWounde and family

Posted at 07:35am
In loving memory of Ernie, Your presence we miss, Your memory we Treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never. Love, Your Family
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Jim Patton

Posted at 07:27pm
My family is from Lebanon & I have known Ernie for years. I am sad to hear of his passing.

Jim Patton

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