Ernie C. Ibach


Ernie C. Ibach, 94, of Mandan passed away on April 21, 2023.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:00 pm at the Bismarck Funeral Home. A livestream of the service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home website.


A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


Ernie was the youngest of 5 children born on November 23, 1928 in Mandan, North Dakota to Jacob and Katherine Ibach. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School where he played basketball and continued to play for BJC.  On March 9, 1966 he married Cleo Sackman and became a part of an instant family of 4 children, whom he loved with all his heart. To this union their son, Mike was born July 18th of 1967, completing the family.


Ernie loved spending time with family and loved ones. He was an Avid sports fan, liked watching the Packers, Warriors and Yankees, but especially loved watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities. He enjoyed playing pinochle and bingo and going to the casino.


Ernie and Cleo would stop at all their favorite casinos as they traveled to California to spend thewinter with their daughter Robyn and family. They also loved to travel to Minnesota to visit daughters, Barb and Tracy and families. He loved being outdoors taking care of his yard, spending time with his son, Mike and family and visiting with his neighbors.


Ernie served his country in the Army for 2 years, stationed in Germany. He was fortunate enough to have a brother already stationed there that he could visit. He was a member of the VFW.


Before retirement, Ernie was an excellent and very well liked beer salesman. Along his many routes across ND, he made numerous friends while sharing many stories.


Ernie will be deeply missed by his family and friends.


He is survived by his children, Barb Hass (George), Robyn Mosset (late Tony), Tracy Lockrem (Jon Strack) and Mike Ibach (Jo); 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Michael and Joseph; sisters, Ann and Hattie; wife Cleo; son, Roger, and 2 great grandchildren, Sean and Seth.


The family would like to give a special thanks to Hospice of the Red River Valley and Baptist Health and Rehab (formerly known as Baptist Home) for the excellent care and comfort they provided to Ernie and his family.


Please raise a Busch Light in honor of the best “beer man” who ever lived.

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Uncle Ernie. What can we say? You reminded us so much of our earthly father Joe. We always love seeing you and all the ♥️Family events. You will be deeply missed. Cheers to all of us that got to call you Dad uncle brother friend.XooX.

Uncle you will be dearly missed. Remembering all the good time with you and Aunt Cleo. Our kids thought you two were the greatest and always loved seeing you both.

Our hearts & prayers are with you all. We have many special memories of times with Ernie & Cleo.

I know how much Ernie meant to my father and uncle, Sheldon & Dick Cieslak. Our deepest condolences. The Cieslaks

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had the previlage of working with Ernie at Northwest Beverage when I attended Bismarck Junior College in the Sixties. Ernie indeed was a special person and well liked. Yes he was a good beer salesman. He was so good to me when working with him. I always remembered him for that.

Uncle Ernie, my husband Dick and myself enjoyed many pinochle games each year. Uncle Ernie was always our “hero” and our advocate when we were kids. Whenever he was around it was so much fun. You will be missed and you were the best man I’ve ever known.

My condolences to the family. Ernie was one of the best and will be missed. Although no relation, he has been my Grandpa Ernie, probably from the moment I could talk. I have great memories of summers watching my dad play softball and Ernie coaching/managing the team. He would toss the softball countless times. He certainly knew how to make a kid feel special.  
As I got older, I would make sure I made it to Tatley field to meet up with Ernie and Cleo during the McQuades tourney. I am so thankful that I saw him for a moment this past fall, thank you Mike!.  He is really one of the best.  I’m sorry that I won’t be there to celebrate his life with all of you.  Thank you for sharing him all these years with me. My heart and prayers are with you during this time.  

I have know ernie for many years. Worked with him in the beer business. And was also my softball coach love the man like a father. You will be missed. Rest in peace and say hi to Cleo for me

Bob, I would love to catch up with you sometime. It’s been too long.

Mike and family,
Please know you’re all in our prayers!

My condolences to the family of Ernie Ibach. I’m pleased to see he lived a long life and enjoyed all the grands! I knew Ernie and Cleo from when he worked with Gerard at McQuade Dist. Sounds like a life very well lived. May he RIP.

We loved Ernie so much. He was a great friend to my Dad Orville. We looked forward to our Friday pinochle games out at our home and at my Dad’s. My Dad loved going to the casino with Ernie. Ernie will be forever in our hearts.

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He always talked about pinochle games with you and your dad he absolutely loved it .

You will be missed Papa.

To the Ibach family I send our deepest condolences from the Hegedus family. Although I did not know Ernie well, I’m told that Ernie and family helped my Dad , Jack Hegedus, get re-settled in Bismarck when he returned from Oregon back in the late 1940’s. Without their help, I guess our family would not have been. I also believe that Ernie had sponsored me when I was confirmed at St. Anne’s so many years ago. Ernie was obviously a very good man. Bless him and his family.