Ernie Tarwater, age 81, passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, 2018. He was born on March 6th, 1937 to Don and Margaret (McKnight) Tarwater. At the age of 10, his family moved from their farm in rural Raytown, MO to Topeka, KS. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1955. After graduation, he entered the Navy where he proudly served for 4 years. Then returned to his hometown and graduated with a degree in Math from Washburn University in 1965. Ernie married and moved to Overland Park, KS where he spent the rest of his life. His career was spent in the Insurance business until 1999. Until 2015 he owned a custom woodworking company. Evidence of his craft can be found in homes throughout Johnson County. Ernie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Arlys, their 2 children Tara (John) Gatti and Troy Tarwater, three grandchildren, Caroline, Marissa and Ryan Gatti, his brother Dewey (Carol) Tarwater and sisters Betty York and Judy (Andrew Ford) Reid. A family service will be held at a later time.