Ernest Lueder Jr., “The Breadman,” was 69 years old when he peacefully passed into Heaven on April 8, 2017, in North Hills. Interment will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin Monday, April 17, at 10:45 a.m.
Ernie was born to Ernest and June Hoffman Lueder Sr. on Nov. 22, 1947, in Fond du Lac, Wis. His family moved to Palmdale when he was 12, and he later graduated from Palmdale High School. He was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
After being discharged from the service, Ernie went on to be a construction worker, participating in the building of the Lake Castaic Dam. He later began traveling from coast to coast, buying and selling antiques and collectables. This turned into a lifelong passion, and he continued this for more than 40 years, until his health started to decline and he settled in Tehachapi to be close to family.
He was known for the giant yard sales he held at his house on Hill and Country Club, and he loved his Green Bay Packers.
He is survived by his sister, June (Tom) Maggio; niece, Penny; grandniece, Maryann; grandnephew, Michael; and great-grandnephew, Jack, son of Maryann (James) Steward. Also, his brother, Charles (Catherine) Lueder of Tehachapi; nephews, Raymond and Richard; niece, Francine; and Raymond’s children, grandniece and grandnephew, Sophia and Jayden of Bakersfield.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and June Hoffman Lueder Sr.; and by his sister, Ernestine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tehachapi Salvation Army, 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd., Tehachapi, CA 93561-1813; or the Wounded Warrior Project online at woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, in remembrance of Ernie.
Services are being arranged through Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.