Ernest Lewis Enke, 74, of One Howe Terrace, died Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2008) at the Highland Healthcare Center. He was born March 11, 1934, in Emerson, Neb., the son of the late Irwin and Dorothy (Hansen) Enke. On June 11, 1963, in Kenyon, Minn., he married the former Bonnie Ring, who survives.
 Ernie received a bachelor of science degree in 1955 and a master of arts degree in 1960 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He attended New York University Law School and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1967. His certifications included certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified management accountant. He was a member of the Institute of Management Accounting, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association and Phi Kappa Phi and was the founder and advisor of the Paciola Society at Alfred University.
He was a lifelong Lutheran and a charter member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Wellsville. He worked with Volunteer Individual Taxpayer Assistance, was a former longtime member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and enjoyed collecting books.
He served with the U. S. Army 82nd Airborne from 1957 to 1959, stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. He was formerly employed at Arthur Anderson in Kansas City, Mo. and the Governmental Accounting Office in Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                            
Throughout his career he taught economics, accountancy, tax, health planning and management at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Iowa State University at Ames, University of Illinois at Urbana, University of Missouri at Columbia, University of Denver in Denver, Colo. and Alfred University from 1973 until his retirement as professor emeritus of accountancy in 2001.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Bonnie, are one son, Evan (Jennifer) Enke of Almond; three daughters, Catherine (Joseph) Turcer and Elizabeth Enke, both of Dublin, Ohio and Karen (Eric) Telfeyan of Guilderland; four grandchildren, Laura Turcer and Emelia, Eagan and Ellora Enke; one sister, Barbara (Jerry) Timm of Tripoli, Wis.; as well as one niece and two nephews.
Friends are invited to call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 34 W. State St. in Wellsville. Additionally, friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Shepherd of the Valley Church, 4164 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Carl Knitter presiding.
Memorial suggestions include the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, the David A. Howe Public Library, the Jones Memorial Hospital Memorial Fund or Alfred University’s Accounting Program in the College of Business.