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“I remember your family so clearly from growing up in Frieden's UCC. My sympathy to your entire family. God Bless. ”
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“Terri & I wish we could be with you today, but we have a prior commitment (great nephew b-day party - pure chaos!!!). You are in our thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Mike Burroughs - O'Fallon, IL

“Frieda, So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Smith - Riverdale, GA

“Jeff , so very sorry to hear about your father. Please know your friends thoughts are with you during this period in you and your families life. Dan ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: dan weaver - belleville, IL

“We are sorry to hear of the passing of our longtime family friend Merv. Sending our sympathy, prayers & hugs for Ruth, Jeff, Todd & families. Love,...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Deborah Fruth - Freeport, IL

“Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Kent Black

“Jeff, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.Prayers are sent your way. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Terry Crabtree - Belleville, IL

“So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man who enjoyed his family.Cindy and Ray Brinkmann ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: CINDY BRINKMANN - MONMOUTH, IL

“Mrs. Erb and all family members,Sending our sympathy to all of you. ”
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Mervin Edgar Erb, 87, of Marissa, IL; born on March 15, 1930 in Biddleborn, IL; passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL.

Mr. Erb was a livestock dealer and a farmer. He was a United States Army veteran who served in Korea. He was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ and the Robert F. Arnold American Legion Post 172. Merv enjoyed fishing and hunting deer and quail and he loved to play cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Fred M. and Frieda E., nee Schaeferle, Erb. Four brothers – Alvin Erb; Willard Erb; Clifford Erb; Ardell Erb. One sister – Norma Erb.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years – Ruth, nee Krieg, Erb whom he married on September 3, 1959 at Friedens United Church of Christ. Two sons – Jeffrey G. (Susan) Erb of O'Fallon, IL; Todd W. (Linda Bollmeier) Erb of Marissa, IL. His granddaughters – Michelle (Ryan Murray) Erb of O'Fallon, IL; Emily Erb of O'Fallon, IL. One brother – Les Erb of Centralia, IL. One sister – Frieda Feig of Marissa, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ.

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Visitation: Friends may call at Friedens United Church of Christ in Marissa, IL on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Funeral: Services will be held at Friedens United Church of Christ in Marissa, IL on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:30am with Rev. Brett Palmer officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.