Ervin L. Colbeck - Aurora

July 31, 1947 - Feb. 8, 2020

Ervin L. Colbeck, 72, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Holy Life Tabernacle in Brookings. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Rude’s Funeral Home, in Brookings.

Ervin Lee Colbeck was born on July 31, 1947, of Leland and Leora (Jetter) Colbeck. After achieving his high school diploma, Erv attended Columbia College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management.

Ervin was united in marriage to Betty Lou (Becker) Colbeck on Friday 13, in June of 1969. They lived in Rhode Island and Virginia while Ervin was serving in the Navy. Erv served over four years in the Navy where he collected a numerous number of medals and awards. Ervin and Betty moved to Aurora in 1972 after he was released from the Navy where they raised their family. Over the years, Ervin worked at Coast to Coast Warehouse, Foster Farms Grain Division, Holcomb Freightliner, VeraSun Energy Dakota Mobile Hydraulics and South Dakota State University, retiring in 2015.

 Ervin previously served on the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department, where he was Fire Chief and Department Secretary. He was also part of Aurora’s City Council and was a proud member of Holy Life Tabernacle, where he could often be seen greeting members as they came into church and served many terms on the church counsel. Erv loved to travel, completing his lifetime goal of visiting all 50 states finishing in 2019, driving to all of them, except Alaska. He also visited every county seat in South Dakota. He loved to drive and enjoyed going to coffee with his friends. More than anything, he cherished the time he shared with his family, as he was very proud of all of them.

 Ervin is survived by his daughter, Holly (Lyle) Hawkinson of Brookings, SD; son, Jeremy (Lori) Colbeck of Black Hawk, SD; honorary daughter, Natalie (Michael) Watson of Brookings, SD; grandchildren, Ben Hawkinson, Beth Hawkinson, Sadie Colbeck and Logan Colbeck; honorary granddaughter, Gabriella Watson; sisters, Mardell Colbeck of Brookings, SD and Lori (Gary) Rydell of Flandreau, SD and his brothers, Verdeen (Verlinda) Colbeck of Pipestone, MN and Loren (Pam) Colbeck of Brookings, SD and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Betty.

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