|
Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Obituary: Frank D. Erwin

  • Frank Donald Erwin, 97, of Nebraska City died May 23, 2014, at the Ambassador Nebraska City. He was born June 2, 1916, to Wilson “Pat” and Viola Vera (Griffin) Erwin in Nebraska City. He graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1933. He married Aileen A. Haase in 1939.
    • email print
  • Frank Donald Erwin, 97, of Nebraska City died May 23, 2014, at the Ambassador Nebraska City. He  was born June 2, 1916, to Wilson “Pat” and Viola Vera (Griffin) Erwin in Nebraska City.  He graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1933.  He married Aileen A. Haase in 1939.  
        Frank was a well-known musician in the Nebraska City area.  He played alto saxophone and clarinet with many different orchestras including the Aristocrats of Rhythm, Pic & His Tophatters, and the Moonshiners.  He was a member and long-time president of the Nebraska City Municipal Band.
        He worked for the United States Postal Service for over 39 years, retiring in 1975 as assistant postmaster. In 1943 he spent a year with the 296th Army Postal Unit serving in the European theatre.
     
        He attended Peru State College for two years.  He served on the Nebraska City Board of Education for 12 years.  He was active as secretary of the local Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society and served two years as state president of the Jurisdiction of Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota. He then was elected to the WOW National Judicial Committee for two years. Frank was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Nebraska City, serving on the church council, as Sunday school superintendent, and participated in church choir for many years.
        In 1976, Frank and his wife retired to Bella Vista, Ark.  
        He was elected to the Church Council of the Bella Vista Lutheran Church, served as president for two years, and sang in its choir for 21 years.  
        Frank became a member of the Bella Vista Big Band directed by Lee Williams.  This band played for President Clinton’s Inaugural Ball.  The Big Band also played several concerts with the famous clarinetist Henry Questa who was a featured soloist of the Lawrence Welk Band.
        Frank and Aileen returned to Nebraska City in 1997.
        He was preceded by his wife, Aileen Haase Erwin on Nov. 26, 2011 and sisters Mrs. Russ (Julia) Cooney and Mrs. Ervin (Patricia) Kehlenbeck.
        Frank is survived by daughter Joyce Schreiner and husband Tom of Nebraska City; son Robert Erwin and wife Carolyn Sue of Portsmouth, R.I.; grandchildren Kimberly Schreiner of Olathe, Kan., Kent Schreiner of St. Louis, Mo., Brian Erwin, wife Cyra and great granddaughters, Olivia and Eloise of Lagrangeville, N.Y., and Christina Erwin and husband Rob Purdy of Tiverton, R.I.; brother Wilson Erwin of Bellevue, Wash.; sister Mrs. Robert (Betty) Graham of Modesto, Calif.; and many friends and relatives.
    Page 2 of 2 -     There will be no viewing.  Family will greet friends on Monday, May 26, from 7-8 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Ambassador in Nebraska City.
        A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nebraska City.  Pastor Randy Rasmussen will officiate.  Interment of ashes will be at Wyuka Cemetery.
    The family requests memorials to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.
        Messages of condolence may be left on the website PetersonMortuaryNE.com or emailed to PetersonMortuary@hotmail.com.
        Peterson Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangments.
      • calendar