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Lifelong farmer and Angus cattle breeder, Ernest Ray “Ernie” Bingman, died Tuesday, April 18 at the Wabash Christian Village surrounded by his wife and children. Ernie was born Jan. 23, 1943 to Wilburn Bingman and Rosa Parker Bingman Hogan who preceded him in death. He married Linda Fulkerson Robinson on Aug. 11, 2001, and she survives. His foster parents were Harvey and Fern Rebstock, which is where his love for Angus cattle began. He was editor of the Illinois Angus News, a quarterly Angus cattle publication that was the beginning of Bingman Publication business which included, The Angus Topics and Angus Ink., adding sale catalogs and state Angus Association directories.
Ernie was very involved in the Angus business. He held a long-time membership in the Illinois Angus Association where he served as secretary and a lifetime member of the American Angus Association. He was past president and sale manager for the Wabash Valley Angus Association. He and Linda managed the All-American Angus Breeders Futurity where they served on the board of directors for over a decade. He was a 4-H member and later a 4-H leader and assisted as auctioneer at the annual 4-H livestock sale. He was a member of the White County Farm Bureau, National Western Stock Show, White County School Board, Illinois State School Board, National Rifle Association, and Wild Turkey Federation. He and Linda were named Conservation Farmer of the Year in 2015.
Ernie attended Belmont College and was a member of First Baptist Church in Carmi. He previously attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church and recently Zion United Methodist Church. He previously served as a house parent for the Baptist Children’s Home. He was a member of the Army Reserves.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Bingman; three sons, Ray (Lora) Bingman of Evansville, Ind., Wil Bingman of Urbana, IL , and Robert (Destiny) Hutchinson of Clarksville, TN; four daughters, Sherry (Scott) Bingman of Carmi, Renea (Chad) Morris of Elberfeld, Ind., Jenny (Tony) Blankenberger of Carmi, and Nancy (Aaron Weber) Robinson of Carmi; two sisters, Debbie Usery of Carmi, and Sharon (Thom) Behnke of Carmi; three Sister-in-law Becky Downs, Brenda Pfister, Debbie Broyles; Fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; Mother-in-law (Melba Fulkerson) and Father-in-law (Allen Fulkerson) a brother, Roger Hogan; a brother-in-law, Danny Usery; one Son-in-law, Larry Smithhart; and two infant grandsons, Joshua Bingman, and Willard B. Weber.
Funeral services for Ernie Bingman will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with burial at Bruce Chapel Cemetery in Carmi. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ernie's memory to American Angus Association, CWC FFA, or White County 4-H Support Committee, and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi, who is in charge of arrangements.
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