HARVEL—Ervin Mitchell Harvel, 93, of Florence, Ore., passed away on Sept. 19, 2013. A remembrance service will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Florence on Saturday Oct. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Ervin’s great love was his wife Darlene to whom he was married for 61 years prior to her passing in 2003. Ervin is survived by his son Ronald (Nancy) of Eugene and also by his daughter Charlotte (John) of Florence. Ervin is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Ervin was raised during the Great Depression and as a young man volunteered in the U.S. National Guard in 1939. After being called to active duty in 1941 Ervin served his country in the Army faithfully until being honorably discharged in 1945. Ervin served in the Pacific Theater during the “island-hopping” campaigns.
After returning to civilian life, Ervin worked for General Electric for 36 years in Ontario, Calif., from which he retired in 1982.
In 2000 Ervin and Darlene relocated to Florence to enjoy the temperate climate and proximity of family.
Ervin’s great passions in life included building and flying remote-controlled aircraft, playing pinochle with his family and painting. Ervin loved God, his family and his country. One of Ervin’s favorite expressions in the later years of his life was “I have the best family in the world!”
The family has requested that donations be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church of Florence. Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Private internment was held in Eugene.
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