Walls (1916 - 2012)
February 23, 2012
Green Bay Press-Gazette .
Visit Guest Book Ervin Walls, 95, Oconto, went to be with his Heavenly
Father and his Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. He passed
very peacefully with many loving family members present. Dad/Grandpa
was born on Sept. 26, 1916. He spent his early years in Green Bay and
Pensaukee, except for one year in Texas. Most of his adult life was
spent in Oconto and Silver Cliff. He started his working career at the
age of 12, installing plaster lathing for John (Dad) and Jake (uncle)
Walls who built many homes in the Walls Street and Sears Area in Green
Bay. He moved to Pensaukee, where he worked at several farms in the
area. He then went to work for Swaers Fishery. One day while walking
home from work he discovered a broken rail between the two bridges over
the Pensaukee River. He walked the five miles to Oconto to report the
broken rail to the station master. Ervin was given a job for the
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad where he worked for over 43 years. He
missed one day of work for the funeral of his first wife. He missed
some more time serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War
II. Ervin enjoyed working and helping others. It didn't matter if you
were a friend or a stranger, but if you were lazy you were on your own.
He could not understand lazy. His motto was everyone should work at
least a half day, 12 hours wasn't too much to ask of anyone! Ervin
loved his cabin in Silver Cliff. He built the cabin with the help of
young Larry with lumber and other materials he earned by repairing rail
spurs for Stock Lumber Co. Ervin also loved picking berries, working in
his garden, cutting firewood, cleaning up his land, and fishing for
perch on Cloud Lake and trout and perch on Valley Lake. Ervin had two
outstanding mothers for our family. First there was Helen Topel for 26
years until she passed away in October of 1962. Then Marion Conrad for
Ervin was preceded
in death by his parents, John Walls and Laura Larsen; one brother,
Buddy Larsen; and two sons, James and John Walls.
Ervin is survived by
his loving wife, Marion; three sons, Eugene (Dorothy) Walls, Chris
Conrad, and Larry (special friend, Becky Wall) Hazen; four daughters,
Judy (Gil) Benz, Nancy Conrad, Linda (Dan) Bake, Joanne (Jim) Danforth;
and one sister, Fern Swaer; and many loving grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. "We all love you."
Friends may call at
the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 121 Chicago St., Oconto, Saturday,
Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. until the time of Memorial Services noon at the
funeral home with Pastor Mary Zupansic officiating. Military Rites will
be given by the Oconto American Legion, where Ervin was a member.
Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences and
view video tribute.
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