In Memory

Ernst H. Buijten - Year Assigned 1978

Ernst "Ernie" Harm Buijten        

Born:      May 1, 1940

Passed: Dec. 24, 2009


I am deeply saddened to pass on this sad information, long time friend,

Chief Master Sergeant Ernst “Ernie” Buijten has passed away.

Chief Buijten had been battling various health issues for the past year.

Ernie’s entire family was near him, at the time of his passing.

An informal viewing was held on 30 December.

A funeral mass and memorial service will be held May 1st, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.



Chief Master Sergeant Ernst "Ernie" Buijten




The family of Ernst Buijten were honored having members of the 435th Organization Maintenance Squadron (OMS) attend the internment of Ernst Buijten into Arlington National Cemetery, June 10, 1pm.

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01/09/10 09:54 PM #1    

Stanley Miller (1980)

Ernie was a wonderful friend, who filled the lives of everyone that knew him with an unforgettable ray of sunshine. He was someone who simply loved life and loved those that were blessed enough to be a part of his life.

Ernie would always be there for people, to listen to their problems, and was more than willing to do everything he could to help them out. He touched the lives of all who knew him in such a special and unique way.

Ernie was retired and living with his wife Eva in State Line, Nevada. Before retiring, he served his country with 25+ years in the US Air Force.

Ernie was always fun to be with and could bring a smile to your face in even the most difficult of times. He was a courageous man, with a wonderful sense of humor. He will always be remembered. Words cannot express the joy that he brought to all of our lives. We will always miss him and continue to miss him throughout our lives.

Thanks Chief Buijten for the wonderful memories.

To Those I Love
If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you there.
(I'd come-I'd come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see a bird
I loved, please do not let the thought of me
Be sad .... For I am loving you just as
I always have ... You were so good, to me!
There are so many things I wanted still
To do --- so many things to say to you ...
Remember that I did not fear ... It was
Just leaving you that was so hard to face ...
We cannot see Beyond.. But this I know:
I loved you so - 'twas heaven here with you!
--Author Unknown

01/23/10 11:41 AM #2    

Richard "Fig" Figueroa (1976)

TO the Chief: A Great and wonderful person who I will miss. I was hoping to see again at the 2009 Reunion.
Chief Buijten, who I remember as Chief B. I will remember him always coming to the Enroute Break Room and chatting with fellow enrouters to get the pulse on whats going on. I remember him comparing Enroute as the Can-Do of Maintenance at Rhein Main because of the work that we do compaired to what went on in the C-130 section. A sad loss to the Enroute Family.----FIG

08/31/10 03:30 PM #3    

John Shannon (1979)

I was sorry to hear Ernie had passed. He will be missed.

John Shannon

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