Ernest A. McGraw, 85, of Venice, Fla., and formerly of Youngsville, Pa, died at Tidewell Hospice House in Venice, Fla.

He was born April 5, 1927 in Triumph Township, Warren County, Pa., the son of Robert E. McGraw and Mary B. Martin McGraw. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Veronica B. McGraw Crockett. Ernie was a 1944 graduate of Youngsville High School and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European and Pacific Theater of Operations and the Korean War, with the U.S. Navy. He started his own business, Pittsfield Construction Inc. in 1955. He built bridges and roads in Pennsylvania and expanded to Florida in 1976, closing the Pennsylvania business fully in 1980. The company built many bridges and water structures in the state of Florida. He retired in 2008 at the age of 81.

He was the mayor of Youngsville, Pa. from 1964 to 1976. He was also a member of the Youngsville Borough Council and the Saron Lutheran Church of Youngsville.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Alice M. Brown McGraw of Venice, Fla., whom he married on May 28, 1949, his daughter Rhonda K. McGraw Glotz of Englewood, Fla., his grandson Michael C. Glotz of North Port, Fla., a great granddaughter Taiber L. Glotz of Gainesville, Fla., a greatgrandson Hunter R. Glotz of North Port, Fla., several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Friends will be received on Friday, April 5, from 37 p.m. at The Nelson Funeral and Cremation Services, 314 North Main St. Youngsville, Pa. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at noon at the Saron Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Fischer, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Warren County Memorial Park. Members of the Youngsville American Legion Honor Guard will provide full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Saron Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 182 Youngsville, PA 16371, or to a charity of choice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.