Obituary: Ernest “Rowdy” B. Capshaw Jr. (March 28, 1960 – Dec. 17, 2013)

By Submitted January 08, 2014 02:57 pm

Ernest B. Capshaw, Jr.
Ernest B. Capshaw, Jr.
Ernest B. Capshaw, Jr., “Our Rowdy,” was born March 28, 1960, in Springfield, Ore. He lost a short battle with brain cancer in Portland, Ore., and died peacefully in his sleep and departed to Our Lord early the morning of Dec. 17, 2013.

Rowdy was a lifetime resident of Del Norte County. In the ’70s he worked as a commercial fisherman on his Dad’s boat “the Popeye.” In 1980 he went to work at the Arco Station for Les Manozar and met and married the love of his life, Teena McCutcheon. In 1985 he bought Steam Master, which he and his wife Teena operated for 11 years. In 1995 he decided to go to work at Pelican Bay State Prison, so he went to night school, got his high school diploma and then took the GED too. He entered the academy in October of 1995 and became an officer at Pelican Bay. He was very proud of his job and continued working until he was medically retired in 2003. He then worked in produce at Safeway for a couple of years when his daughter was in high school.

Rowdy had a passion for many things, spending time on the beach with his wife or going for long walks. He loved to fish and hunt with his friends, father and father-in-law, whom he called “the Dads.” He loved to cook for others and had a great fondness for all food. His daughter Makayla and his granddaughter Hope were the lights of his life, and he loved spending time with them. 

Rowdy loved his whole family and was very proud of all of them; his mother, sisters and brothers-in-law. He was so proud of all of his nieces and nephews as well. He just loved to spend time with his family and share his sense of humor with everyone who knew him. He was always a bright light who would step up and always do the right thing. He loved to laugh and share laughter.

Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Ernest B. Capshaw Sr.; his sister-in-law, Tauna Gregory, and his nephew, Ignacio “Nacho” Jasso.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife Teena of 35 years, his daughter Makayla, granddaughter Hope Ulmanshiek, son-in-law Austin Ulmanshiek, his adoring mother Peggy Wilson and husband Grady, stepmother Angelina Capshaw, sister Pamela Agulair and husband Francisco, sister Robin Huff and husband Calvin, sister Tracy Lawson and husband Mark, brother-in-law Jack McCutcheon and wife Blanca, brother-in-law Gary McCutcheon and numerous nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews, and of course his second parents, whom he adopted and adored, Jack and Donna McCutcheon. 

A Celebration of Grace and Life Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 190 E. Cooper Avenue in Crescent City. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ernie’s name to Grace Lutheran Church or the Del Norte County Library.