Vernon C. Ervin

Born: Sat., Feb. 10, 1940
Died: Sun., Feb. 14, 2021

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Vernon C. Ervin, age 81, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.  He was born on February 10, 1940 in Griggsville, IL to Winfred L. and Freda M. Butler Ervin.  He married Kay Phillips on October 18, 1959 at the Griggsville United Methodist Church Parsonage, and she survives.

Vernon graduated from Griggsville High School in 1958 then went on to become an autobody apprentice.  At the age of 26, he built his own shop, Vern’s Autobody, where he was self-employed until the age of 62 when he retired.  Vernon and his wife bought an old Amish home in 2007 and restored it to make it into the home they still reside in to this day.  In earlier years, they were members of the Griggsville United Methodist Church but attended Assembly of God in Pittsfield.  He liked fishing as well as deer and elk hunting and watching Westerns.  Vernon loved camping with his family and travelling, especially to the Indian Ruins in Arizona and old Tucson.  He also enjoyed going to the flea markets in Arizona.  Vernon loved his grandchildren and they were the light of his life.  He not only filled the role of Grandpa, but also the role of a father to them.  He was a quiet man with a calm spirit and was always the voice of reason.  Vernon was selfless and a gentleman, and never failed to be there when needed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Kay Ervin; son, Don Ervin of Pittsfield, IL; daughter, Debra Stevens of Woodson, IL; three grandchildren, Matt (Mari) Stevens of Jacksonville, IL, Stephanie (Nathan) Fuhler of Jerseyville, IL, and Brandon Stevens of Woodson, IL; five great grandchildren, Korbyn Stevens, Logan Stevens, Kaylyn Stevens, Isaac Fuhler, and Lily Fuhler; and sister, Carolyn Kelly of Pittsfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Darryl Ervin; and sister, Rosalie Predmore.

Funeral services will be held privately and interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the family c/o Niebur Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be left for the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Kathy Kelley Batley
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Kay and Family,

I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Vernon passing. He will always be remembered as a very kind person,who loved his family very much. Prayers and comfort to all of you.

Kathy and Darrell Batley

Larry Bartlett
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Condolences to the Entire Ervin Family. I went all throught school with Vernon and have lots of memories that came flooding back as I read of his passing. Like when he wrecked his Dad's Kaiser and his Dad made him fix it. In the process he learned a skill that lasted him a life time. Or when he led an effort to form a "Car Club" in Griggsville. Many of us joined the "Griggsville Kustom Kings". Or when Mrs. Harshman made him, I and two others sing a quartet version of "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation" at the 1958 Spring Choral Festival. Didn't matter that we couldn't sing, we still got through it. Needless to say Vernon will be remembered .......and missed.

Robert Ervln -
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
'As a distant cousin who left Pike county in 1951 I hadn’t seen him in many years but our cousin Marcia has kept me informed. I knew his father and his uncles and they were all fine folks.

Marcia Ervin Musick
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Kay, You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Marsha Eiter
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Kay, Don, Debbie

Thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Uncle Vernon was very kind and thoughtful with an infectious laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are for you all.

Kimberly Riley Rybarczyk
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Have been gone from Pike County for some time but fondly remember Butler reunions and getting to connect with cousins. My sympathy to all the family and especially Kay and kids and Carolyn as I have been able to keep in touch with her. My thought and prayers are with you all.

Roger E Yaeger
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Sorry for your loss, still have the Model A truck Vern painted after moving back from west we always had a nice visit when we bumped into each other. Roger

Donald G Guthrie
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Kay, we want to send our deepest sympathy to you & your family at this time. Take care of yourself know we're thinking of you.

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