Jerel James Erne, MD (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

MARTINEZ, Ga. - Jerel James Erne, MD, age 59, passed away on October 9, 2010, at his residence with his wife at his side. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Rd., Martinez, Ga., with Pastor Matthew Lash officiating. Burial will be on Kelleys Island, Ohio, at a later date. Dr. Erne was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Julia Erne, and a brother, Dennis Erne. Survivors include his wife, Signe Erne, one brother, Howard Erne of Evans, one sister, Virginia Klonowski of Huntsburg, OH, and Mother-in-Law, Joyce Steiner of Evans. Dr. Erne was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Cathedral Latin High School in 1969. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1971 and proudly continued to serve his country in the Army for 31 years until his retirement in 2002. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Bethesda, MD, in 1986. He completed psychiatry residency training at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon Ga. In 1990 and later became board certified. Dr. Erne was highly dedicated to taking care of soldiers and their families throughout his distinguished Army career. Many of his assignments were unique to world and national events, but his most memorable ones included POW re-integration from the Vietnam conflict, and his assignments as the Division Psychiatrist of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during and after Desert Shield/ Storm, and later as the psychiatrist for the 18th Airborne Corps. Dr. Erne received numerous military awards and honors, but his greatest reward and lifelong dedication was in "taking care of soldiers" and "helping good soldiers stay good". After Army retirement, he continued that legacy as a Dept. of the Army civilian psychiatrist at Ft. Gordon from 2002 until his death. He was well respected by his patients and staff and will be remembered by many as a most dedicated and devoted physician. Mrs. Erne wishes to publicly thank the entire staff of the EAMC Oncology Dept., most especially Dr. Erik Rupard, for the wonderful compassion and loving care provided to Dr. Erne over the course of his illness and death. Before his death Dr. Erne expressed that any desired memorials be made in his memory to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences to further promote the training of military physicians, or to the Columbia County Humane Society, 6100 Columbia Rd., Grovetown Ga. 30813, to continue Dr. Erne's love for canine companions. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-October 12, 2010