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.Ervin Walls (1916 - 2012) .

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. 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 47 years.

      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 to express online condolences and view video tribute.