FAIRMONT - Mass of Christian Burial for Ervin B. Sturm, 90, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont, Minn., with interment in Calvary Cemetery, Madelia, Minn. Military honors will be provided by the Madelia American Legion and VFW posts.
Ervin passed away Friday morning, April 4, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is in charge of arrangements.
Ervin Bernard Sturm was born May 10, 1923, in St. James, Minn., son of Max and Katie (Riesenberg) Sturm, the 8th of 9 children. He grew up on a farm south of St. James and went to district 65 country school through 8th grade. When he was 16, his father died and he and his brother farmed the home place for two years and then he worked as a farm hand until he went into the service. Ervin enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 12, 1944. He served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and achieved the rank of Tech 4. Ervin was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Battle Star, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan). He earned his honorable discharge on Nov. 23, 1946. He returned to farming after the war. On Jan. 8, 1957, Ervin was united in marriage to Margaret McMorrow at the Mater-Dolorosa Catholic Church in Madelia. He and Margaret famed for many years southwest of Madelia, where they raised four daughters. In 1984, they retired and moved to Fairmont. In their retirement years they were able to travel together and see the country. Ervin and Margaret shared 54 years together before Margaret passed away on Jan. 6, 2011. Music was a very big part of Ervin's life. He taught himself to play the accordion, harmonica, guitar and organ and loved to sing. He also enjoyed birds and especially loved the time he spent with his grandchildren. Ervin had a talent for renovation and remodeling and used that talent on his and his daughters' home.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Marie (Steve) Landsteiner of Fairmont, Minn., Deb Knewtson of Fairmont, Minn., Bonnie (Merle) Davis of Madelia, Minn., and Brenda (Will) Davis of Madelia, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; one step grandson; seven great-grandchildren; special friend, Alice Minick of Fairmont, Minn.; many nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; son-in-law, Todd Heckman; four brothers; four sisters; and many sisters and brothers-in-law.