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Ernest Julius Kaulfuss, Jr.

October 31, 1940 - February 16, 2022

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Ernest Julius Kaulfuss Jr 81, of Huddleston, Va – beloved husband of Mary E. “Molly” Kaulfuss for 58 years, died peacefully from complications of diabetes on Wednesday, February 16th in Roanoke, VA –  still steadfast in his opinion that ketchup does not belong on hot dogs, mustard doesn’t belong on hamburgers, and martini’s are made with gin, not vodka.

Ernie was born on Halloween, October 31st, 1940 to Ernest J. Kaulfuss, Sr and Elizabeth Thompson Kaulfuss in St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He attended Liberty High School in Bethlehem and graduated from Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ. Ernie received a BA in History from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA and a MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Ernie started his career as a collector in the Budget Plan in Delaware and Pennsylvania – a job that molded his beliefs on savings and debt for the rest of his life.  After earning his MBA, he and his family moved to the Washington D.C. area, ultimately settling in Silver Spring, MD, where he began working for the Federal Government in the field of auditing, first for the General Accounting Office, then the Office of Inspector General/Veterans Administration, where he retired.  Ernie was proud of his volunteer Board of Directors work with the Veteran’s Administration Central Federal Credit Union, where he served as Chairman for many years.  After retiring from the VA, he went to work at the credit union for 3 years before his full retirement where he spent many good years playing golf with his regular foursome, the Graybeards, traveling with Molly, and hosting his children and grandchildren as they visited their home on Smith Mountain Lake, in Virginia.

Ernie enjoyed golf, bridge, dancing (especially the polka ) crosswords, sudoku, board games, and culinary delights, the latter done while gathered with his long time Supper-Club friends.  He was well traveled and pursued various volunteer efforts, including welcoming people to SML in the visitor’s center.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Molly, his children, Eric (Elizabeth) and Liz Arnone (Mike); grandchildren Justin (Summer), Jason, and Quinn Kaulfuss, Jake and Jack Arnone, Kaitlyn Brown, Olivia Erli; great grandson Bryson Kaulfuss; his brother Charles “Tom” Kaulfuss (Mary); Brother-In-Law Frank “Buzz” Erisman; Sister-In-Laws Nancy Arbogast (Fred) and Susan English (Bob) and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.


Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit

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