Ervin A. Wachman, age 81, of Delano, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, with his loving family by his side.
He was born April 8, 1938, in St. Martin, MN, to Raymond and Eleanora Wachman. His family later moved to the Loretto area in 1951.
Ervin was united in marriage to Darlene L. Minge May 25, 1957, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. After moving to Delano in 1963, Erv and Darlene raised their five children together and spent the next 56 years in their beloved family home at 205 West Bridge Avenue. Even after all their years together, Erv still lovingly referred to Dar as his “beautiful bride.”
As the patriarch of the family, Erv was very proud of each member, and they were just as proud of him. He led by example, instilling his incredible work ethic in his entire family.
Erv was a life-long Minnesota Twins fan and watched every single game. He loved beating most everyone at a game of euchre, enjoyed 40 years of fishing trips to Canada, and always had a hearty appetite for Dar’s fabulous home-cooked meals.
A proud union laborer (#563) for 25 years, Erv had to retire early, in 1994, due to a shattered ankle accident that occurred while scrapping.
Once recovered, he started his second career as “Scrappy/Scrap Iron Erv.” He truly was the hardest-working man his family knew.
Erv was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Walter; and his sister, Arlene.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Darlene; children, Ervin Jr. (Shelly) Wachman, Clyde (Beth) Wachman, Juanita (Pete) Hayes, Mary (Patrick ) Yantes, and Jodi Solberg Wachman; grandchildren, Peter (Amanda) Wachman, Thomas Wachman, and Ellie Wachman, Ashley (Andy) Colberg, Abby (Coty) Cummings, Karli (Jon) Neilson, Chelsey Knop, and Chloe Knop, Samantha Yantes, Andrew (Brit) Solberg, Molly, Max and Maggie Hayes; and great-grandchildren Parker Neilson, Katelyn, Kenna and Kyree Colberg.
Erv is also survived by sisters Millie Arens, Betty (Duane) Schliinz, and Elaine Dorn; and many loving brother- and sister- in-laws, nieces, nephews, and good, good friends.
Erv was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle. He will be deeply missed, loved, and remembered by so many.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
There was visitation Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at St. Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church. Visitation continued Thursday, from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.
Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.