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Ervin Allen Vellek

CLERGY
Rev. Dean Schroeder
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Organist ~ Donna Bohlmann
Soloist ~ Leroy Sorenson
 “Old Rugged Cross”
Congregational Hymns
“Rock of Ages”
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Ervin Vellek, loved father, died on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 82. Ervin was born on January 10, 1928 on the family homestead outside of Tyndall, South Dakota. He was the only son of Hattie (Bambas) and Frank Vellek in a family of four sisters; Mildred Smith (deceased); Violet Watkins (deceased), Josephine Dvorak and Bonnie Reinesch. As a young man, he attended high school and worked on the family farm as well as other local jobs. He enlisted in the Air Force and served from 1949-1952. He had many memories from his tour of duty in Alaska and was very proud to serve his county.  He later became an active member and is a past Post Commander of the American Legion in Tyndall. He worked for Northern Propane for much of his career,  and then ran his own business, Vellek Plumbing and Heating.  He retired after working many years servicing  the public with praised results.
Ervin is father and grandfather to his children and their families: Lynne (Vellek) and Terry Hoffman, Gig Harbor, Washington; Craig Vellek, Tyndall, S.D.; Evan  and Carol (Vellek) Borchard, Black Hawk, S.D.; and Kelly (Vellek) Krier, Kearney, Nebraska; Grandchildren Katie and Scott Hoffman and Connor and Carmen Krier.  Among the life lessons he taught his kids were loyalty to family and to have a sense of humor. 
He was called Uncle 'Erv' not only to his own nieces and nephews but to many others.  Some jokingly referred to Ervin as an honorary mayor of Kaylor.  He also claimed he was allowed to drive through stop signs knowing he would stop twice as long at the next one.  He loved being outdoors, taking care of the yard, catching a baseball, and making conversations with friends and those that would soon be friends.  When working on the farm he would tell his kids, "Lets go outside and do something, even if it's wrong."
You are invited to pay tribute to Ervin at his memorial service, Tuesday, March 30, 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall. Graveside services immediately follow. Memorials may be directed to the Tyndall Pike-Wagner American Legion Post #2.

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Guestbook

I was so sorry to hear of Ervin's passing. I got to know him when I worked at the hospital in Tyndall and he came for therapy. You knew the days he would come in would be days of smiles and laughter. I always enjoyed hearing his stories, especially the ones that involved my husband, Jim and his dad, Don. I can see them up there all smiling and sharing a funny story. His obituary made me smile because I can hear him saying 'let's go do something, even if it is wrong'. He was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. Cherish your memories and remember that he loved each of you very much. Sincerely, Pam Stewart

Pam Stewart Apr 6 2010 11:25 AM

Carol and Family, So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I will miss him at GS nursing home. He always seemed to know who I was and would fill me in on your lives when I was there visiting Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Judi

Judi Schuurmans Peyton Mar 31 2010 5:56 AM

TO ERVIN VELLEK FAMILY. SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR FATHERS PASSING AWAY. WE WERE CLOSE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. CAROL I REMEMBER COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AS YOUR FATHER COMING TO OURS. HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE AND A LITTLE CHUCKLE. HE WILL BE MISS. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. TERESA(CAP)BUCHMANN

T Mar 30 2010 12:12 PM

Lynn Raye,Craig,Carol,Kelly & Family We will all miss Uncle Ervin so much. He was such a big part of all of our lives. I have alot of great memories to share with my kids. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you all. You know where I am if you need me. Barb

Rick & Barb Masterson Mar 30 2010 4:30 AM

Ervin's family. So sorry to hear of your fathers' and loved ones' death. Though I don't remember him I am sure our parents (Johnny & Lenora) knew each other as neighbor farmers. May your memories of past days comfort you. Julie Schneider

Julie Schneider Mar 28 2010 7:04 PM

Our sympathies are to our cousins. We will miss our sweet uncle. He had a great sense of humor to everyone he met.

Fawn M. Steely & Francis Bies Mar 28 2010 12:45 PM

Ervin's Family, Our sympathy for the loss of Ervin who we thought of as a dear friend and have fond memories of fieldwork he did for us and Steven's Dad, Victor, also being neighbors years ago.

Steven and Shirley Cap Mar 28 2010 11:18 AM

I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT UNCLE ERVIN PASSED AWAY. BLESSED PEACE BE WITH ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL. LOVE FRANCIS

FRANCIS ALVIN BIES Mar 27 2010 6:21 PM

So sorry for the loss of your father. May God give you children the strength to get yet through another passing, and may you all find peace & healing in the days ahead. With sympathy, Cousin Marcia & family

Marcia Vellek-Skipper Mar 27 2010 12:49 PM