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Ernie Nagy
Ernie Nagy

Mobile Home Supplier Ernie Nagy Dies at 89


Ernie Nagy, who founded a mobile home supply company, died peacefully at 7:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind.

This story appeared in The Elkhart Truth.

He had spent Thanksgiving week surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old.

Born in South Bend on March 13, 1930, to Paul and Mary Nagy, Ernie started his life during the great depression in a Hungarian family on the west side of South Bend.

He had five siblings: Irene, Alex, Katie, Jeanne and Frieda. His father worked factory jobs at Bendix and Studebaker while his mother raised their six children during the day and cleaned offices at night.

Ernie attended Riley High School and excelled in football and basketball.

After high school, Ernie attended Florida State University on a football scholarship. Proud as he was to be a Seminole, he was a Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan to the end.

Upon graduating from college, Ernie pursued a career in sales, returning to his hometown of South Bend.

Nagy founded E. J. Nagy and Associates, an Elkhart-based mobile home OEM supply/distribution company in Elkhart. He later merged that company with Riblet products Corp., where he retired as chairman.

He married the love of his life, Jane Horner, and was happily married for more than 60 years. They had two children, Thomas and Nancy, and Thomas and his wife Julie gave them four beautiful granddaughters, as well as a great-granddaughter.

Ernie so loved his wife Jane. Jane has been very ill with Alzheimer’s for many years. Despite the physical and emotional difficulty Ernie insisted on being Jane’s only caregiver and did everything he could to honor her and keep her happy.

“We all should hope to have someone in our lives that loved us so deeply,’’ said his family.

He also loved and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. 

Private services will be announced at a later date.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smile Train charity.

Palmer Funeral Home in South Bend is assisting the family with arrangements where condolences can be made online.

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