He was born March 2, 1924, in Benton, Mo., son of John and Beulah Minter Ervin. He and Wilma Shirrell were married March 5, 1944, in Cape Girardeau.
Ervin was a lab technician 43 years at Marquette Cement Co. and was a shop foreman 43 years at Cape Ready Mix. He retired in 1987. He was a member of First Church of God, was an avid fisherman and golfer and loved to hunt.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma; two sons, Mike and Bob Ervin of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, LaDonna Salazar of Cape Girardeau; a sister, June Carriveau of Flint, Mich.; three grandchildren, Todd Fulton of Cape Girardeau, Anthony Salazar of Gulfport, Miss., Cara Ervin Probst of Cape Girardeau; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. David Schaffner officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.