Ervin Edward Place, 77, of Exeland, joined the Lord this Saturday, July 9, 2022.
Erv was born on May 7, 1945. He was raised by his adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Kauffman.
He was an alumnus of Bruce High, where he excelled on the wrestling and football teams, his classy ring never leaving his finger. He attended trade school in Rice Lake for carpentry and earned his associate’s degree.
Erv then made three tours in Vietnam. A roofer and carpenter in Minneapolis, Erv still found time to reunite with his 50-year-old soul mate, Lila. Erv and Lila would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 10.
Ervin is predeceased by his adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Kauffman; his grandson, Robert Warner; granddaughter, Shawna Sunrise, and many more loved ones and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lila; many brothers and sisters; his children, Rick (Pam), Randy (Missy) Teena (Patrick) and Donald (Angela), as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Exeland Mennonite Church where the funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Windfall Cemetery in Exeland with military honors provided by the Exeland American Legion.
The pallbearers will be his grandsons, Shane, Garret, Shawn, Jon, Cody and Tony. The honorary bearers will be great-grandsons, Liam, Zachary, Collin, Jaden, Ethan, Declan, Landon, Camden, Maddon and Rowan.
Nash-Jackan Funeral Home is assisting the family with services.