Wayne Cecil Ervine, 91, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital in Fresno, California.
He was born Oct. 5, 1920 in Rummerfield, PA to Ray and Hazel Bennett Ervine. He was the second of thirteen children. He lived on a farm with dairy cows, chickens and crops. He always had a great love for Jersey cows, hunting and fishing. He graduated from Rush High School in 1938.
He joined the Army in June 1942. In December 1942 he married Elizabeth Irene Miller. They moved to Fort Benning, GA where he went for airborne training. He then had training at Camp San Luis Obispo and Fort Irwin. During this time their first child was born. During World War II he served as a paratrooper and demolition specialist in Germany, France, and Italy and was in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he decided to go back to farming where he had a Jersey dairy.
He and Irene moved to California in 1951. They lived in Waterford, CA for five years before moving to Atascadero, CA in 1956. This is where they raised their six children. Wayne worked at the Atascadero State Hospital and then at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. He also operated a gun store for many years in the Garden Farms area of Atascadero. During this time he taught hunter safety classes for about twenty years. In 1991 Wayne and Irene moved to Vale, OR. This is where he continued to live until he had his stroke three months ago. Irene passed away in November 1999.
He is survived by his six children, including Mary Johnson, Paso Robles, CA,, Olin Ervine (Faunielle), Clovis, CA, Jay Ervine (Kate), Draper, UT, John Ervine (Thelma), Templeton, CA, Frank Ervine (Shirley), Atascadero, CA, Virginia Grueling (Lou), Monson,
MA; one brother, Donald Sidney Ervine, Utah; three sisters, Kay Jean Ervine and Audrey Keefer, Pennsylvania and Joyce Jayne, Idaho; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-greatgrandchildren. He also has many nieces and nephews that he was close to.
He continued to be very active and busy in his retirement, going to gun shows, traveling and enjoying the times that his family would visit. For many years he went to the Palm Springs, CA annual reunions of the 517th Airborne. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Winchester Arms Collector Assoc., American Legion and the Retired Public Employees Assoc.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 8, at Santa Margarita, CA Cemetery at 11 a.m. with full military honors. Visitation will be at the Chapel of the Roses, Atascadero, CA on Monday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8 from 9 to 10 a.m.