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Erwin Gering, 77, Mayville

December 25, 2018

After battling a tough illness, Erwin “Erv” Louis Gering passed away Dec. 12, 2018, with his family by his side.

Erv was born March 2, 1941, to Erwin John and Mildred (Gerlach) Gering in Watertown. He attended Mayville High School and was a graduate of the class of 1959. He attended teaching colleges in Ashland, as well as in Dodge County. He was a proud veteran and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1963 to 1967.

Erv married Sheryl Rae Zwieg on Oct. 2, 1965, and was married for 48 years until Sheryl lost her battle with cancer on Oct. 20, 2013.

Erv worked in his father’s furniture business, Rilling Endlich Corporation in Mayville for a number of years before he and Sheryl opened a very successful tavern business, Erv’s Never Inn, which they owned and operated for 25 years. Following retirement, Erv and Sheryl moved to Gold Canyon, Arizona, where they found many new friends and created new relationships. Those friends he left behind truly had a place in his heart.

Erv was a member of the Horicon Marsh Archery Club, American Legion Post 69, Blue Wing Hunting Club, Ducks Unlimited, Wings Over Wisconsin and Dodge County Tavern League.

He also was a Little League baseball coach for his three boys for numerous years. His boys enjoyed being coached and mentored by not only Erv, but by friends and families who created wonderful memories along the way. There were many nights and weekends of card playing and swimming at family pools with close friends associated with the baseball leagues during those years.

Erv was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout all parts of Wisconsin; he also traveled to Wyoming and Montana to hunt with the Garst family. Each of the three boys recall many trips with Erv to Wyoming throughout their childhood in which Erv and Dick taught them how to hunt, ride horse as well as enjoy life. The entire Garst family was a large part of Erv’s life and their friendship lasted a lifetime.

Erv was preceded in death by his wife, Sheryl; his mother and father; aunts and uncles; as well as his brothers-in-law, Lee Zwieg and Wayne Kreklow.

Surviving family members include special friend, Jackie Gassner; sister, Joanne Kreklow; sister, Delores (Tom) Kollmansberger; three sons, Craig (Linda) Gering, E.Jay (Tiffany) Gering, Eric (Lisa) Gering; and his brother-in-law, Robert Zwieg. Also survived by his grandchildren who were so dear to his heart, Taylor and Kyle Gering, Dustin and Logan Gering, Ashley Dutzle (special friend, Kevin Scheier), Jordan Gering and Meagan Gering; and great-grandchildren, Araya Gradel and Ellie Scheier.

During his last few years, Erv was very fortunate to have a loving partner in Jackie Gassner. Both Erv and Jackie enjoyed vacationing to Arizona, trips to see the Wisconsin fall colors and of course to the casino. They shared many evenings with friends over dinner and the companionship they had was loved by many. The Gering family is very grateful to Jackie for all the love and care she provided for Erv. We love you, Jackie.

The Gering family thanks extended family and friends that would visit Dad during his illness. There were many who took that extra time to stop in just to say “Hi” and those who enjoyed hours of laughter and storytelling. He thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all for taking the time to visit as it meant the world to him.

During the last months of his life, Erv was cared for by Hospice of Fond du Lac and Prairie Ridge Assisted Living of Mayville. Both the Hospice and Prairie Ridge staffs were amazing in the attention and care that they provided to Erv. Once again, there were many new friends made and lives were touched by Erv’s loving personality. The support by both organizations was amazing and will not be forgotten.

A memorial service will be held at Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. A visitation will be held Saturday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by Mayville American Legion Post 69. Immediately following the memorial service there will be a celebration of life at The Pub in Mayville, for those who wish to join the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Erv to Mayville American Legion Post 69 or Hospice of Fond du Lac.

Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information, visit KoepselFH.com.

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