Ervin Van Buren

    Ervin Van Buren,  87, of Norfolk, formerly of O’Neill, died Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Wisner Care Center in Wisner.
    Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.  Visitation will be one hour earlier at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery with military rites conducted by the O’Neill American Legion Post #93.  
    Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.  To leave online condolences, please visit
    Ervin Leroy Van Buren was born April 27, 1930 at home near Verdigre to Ralph and Gertrude Jane (Benedict) Van Buren. At the age of eight, he moved with his family to a ranch northeast of O’Neill, and attended a rural country school through the eighth grade. Ervin then worked on the family ranch until joining the US Navy in March of 1948, and served during the Korean War until March of 1951. Ervin returned to the U.S. after being wounded when the ship he was on, the USS Pirate, sank after striking a mine at Wonsan, Korea in October of 1950.
    When he was home on leave in 1950 he met Mildred Seger at the roller skating rink in Atkinson. The two were married May 20, 1951 at the Methodist Church in O’Neill. They lived on a ranch near Atkinson for a time, and their three children were born:  Linda Mae, Sharon Kay, and Michael Ervin.  Later they moved to O’Neill, then to Wisner and Stanton areas in late 50’s, where Ervin farmed. They made their home in Stanton in 1975 and moved to Norfolk in the 1980’s, where Ervin later retired from Beef America in Norfolk in June of 1995. They moved to the Wisner Care Center in Wisner in March of this year.
    Ervin enjoyed many hobbies over the years, such as playing basketball and being a boxer while stationed in the Philippines with the Navy. He liked to fish and hunt, especially catfishing and pheasant hunting, and he enjoyed camping.  He also was an avid Husker fan, and made Husker lawn ornaments for family and friends. The visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren were his favorite enjoyment. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Stanton and Norfolk.
    Survivors include his wife, Mildred; three children,  Linda and Donald Hoehne of Laguna Vista, Texas, Sharon and Gayle McQuistan of Wayne and Michael and Shelly Van Buren of Billings, Mont.; nine grandchildren, Donald Hoehne, Jr., Laura Tatpati, Christina Hendrix, Teresa Mick, Sheryl Salmons, John McQuistan, Francesca Davis, Jacqualyn Van Buren, Raschelle Drumheller; 12 great grandchildren; three siblings,  Marvella and Robert Jonas of Kernersville, NC, Wilma Buckles of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Willard Van Buren of Ashland; one sister-in-law, Vivian Van Buren of O’Neill and many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph Van Buren Jr. and wife, Etta and Donald Van Buren;  three step-brothers, Paul Benedict, Wayne Butler and Carl Butler; and brother-in-law Frankie Buckles.

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