Ervin H. Schell
Ervin H. Schell, 84, Mercer, died peacefully on April 12, 2014, at his home. Services were held April 17 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Mercer, with the Rev. Randy Emgarten officiating. Burial was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, south of Mercer.
Ervin Schell was born Feb. 6, 1930, in Park Township, the son of John and Ida (Gaub) Schell. He was raised and educated in a country school in Park Township. He spent his youth helping on the family farm.
Ervin married Eileen Violet Laib on Sept. 24, 1952,at his parents’ home in Bismarck. Following their marriage, they lived in Bismarck until 1953, when they moved to a farm south of Mercer. The farm was purchased from Ervin’s uncle, Herbert Gaub. The farm had originally been owned by Ervin’s grandfather. They farmed for 17 years, before moving into Mercer.
Ervin worked for McClusky Lumber and Rust Manufacturing. In 1979, Ervin and Eileen bought Schell’s Food Market and also added a hardware department in the adjacent post office. Ervin also drove school bus for the Turtle Lake-Mercer School District. Ervin had a stroke in 1989, but continued to work part-time for the Turtle Lake Park and Chester’s Tavern in Mercer.
Ervin enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, south of Mercer and later Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He was active in church and various community activities.
Ervin is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Eileen, Mercer; a daughter, Marlene (Robert) Young, Steele; two grandchildren, Charlie (Jessica) Young and Matthew Young, all of Bismarck; two great-grandchildren, Braeden, Dawson and one due in August; a brother and sisters-in-law, Don (Linda) Schell, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Doris Schell, Pelican Rapids, Minn., Mavis Schell, Bismarck, and Vangie Schell, Napoleon; two sisters, Anna (Rueben) Schoepp, Bismarck, and Lenora Thompson, Mandan; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marion (Lloyd) Heid, Mercer, Wilbert (Gertie) Laib, New Rockford, and Ellen Laib, Winona, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gordon; three brothers, Alvin, Richard and Eugene; a sister, Alma Schell; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Fred and Martha Laib; one sister-in-law, Doris Laib; three brothers-in-law, Stanley Thompson, Meinhardt Laib and Leroy Laib; a niece, Deborah Arnold; and two nephews, Marvin and Robert Laib.
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