Ernest Messer, a 25 year resident of Austin, TX died there of natural causes on February 9, 2003, at the age of 94. He was born in Tokio, AR on July 15, 1908 to Rev. C. F. and Anna Messer.
Mr. Messer had an extensive career as a mining and civil engineer. He got his academic training at the university of Michigan. His first job was with Mobil Oil Corp. of Texas. Among his Arkansas Connections, he helped build the Army-Navy Hospital in Hot Springs in the mid 1930ís, worked for Alcoa Aluminum Co. in Bauxite during WWII and headed their Oregon Exploration Operation from 1945-50. His subsequent work included the Bob McIlwaine Co. of Little Rock and the Utah Mining Co. of San Francisco. He ended his career with the Espey-Huston Company in Austin, TX from 1978 to the early 90ís.
He is survived by his loving wife, Josephine Weatherton Messer of Austin and formerly of Little Rock; son Paul Messer, daughters Martha Barker and Mary Messer; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ossorio. Private burial arrangements at Roselawn Memorial Park are being made by Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock.