Melvin C. Erskin

            Melvin Clarence Erskin, 90 passed away December 23, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mel was born July 8, 1926 the son of Royal and Mary (Hawk) Erskin. He proudly served in country in the United States Army. Mel went on to marry the former Betty Lance on October 27, 1947 in Angola, IN; she preceded him in death on April 12, 1995.

            Mel owned and operated Erskin’s White Rose Gas Station for 12 years. He also drove truck and was a diesel mechanic. Mel enjoyed singing and attending Gospel Jamborees, going to the casino, dancing, fishing and especially spending time with his family. He was a member of the Seville Church of God, Edmore VFW Post 2292 and the Six Lakes American Legion Post 225.

            Mel is survived by his children; Connie Cornell, Karen (Vic) Sheets and Chuck Erskin, 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, 2 great=great-grandsons; 2 brothers; Raymond (Betty) Erskin and Royal Erskin Jr., sister; Carol (Mike) Brophy, special friends Emily Bennett and her children; Angie and Laura, and his extended family; Sandy and Patty. Besides his wife Betty, Mel was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters; Nyle, Clare, Evelyn, Donna Jean and Geraldine, special nephew; Butch, son in-law; John Cornell and a very dear friend; Ruth Phelps.

            Funeral Services for Mel will take place at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Brigham Funeral Chapel-Vestaburg with Pastor George Showers to officiate. Visitation will take place Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Brigham Funeral Chapel-Vestaburg from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Those planning a memorial contribution are asked to consider Seville Church of God or Montcalm County Commission on Aging.

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  • Genny Towne (Tuesday, December 27 16 11:51 am EST)

    So sorry to hear of this loss. I LOVED Mel Erskin. He gave me a job when I was 17 at his gas station! WHAT a GREAT GUY! I will never forget him!! You have your wings Mel...Greatful I knew you. Genny Towne

  • Pat & Pauline Kane (Tuesday, December 27 16 07:01 pm EST)

    we will sure miss his singing at our music jams lots of fun., God bless.

  • Becky Pendell (Tuesday, December 27 16 08:04 pm EST)

    I was so sorry to hear of Mel's passing. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him A kind, gentle man. with a wonderful sense of humor. Good-bye dear friend.

  • Mike & Sharon Phelps (Wednesday, December 28 16 10:04 am EST)

    Will miss Mel but cherish the many memories. His laugh, our conversations over coffee, and our shared trip to Alaska in 2000. RIP!

  • Sandi LaLone (Wednesday, December 28 16 03:39 pm EST)

    Karen and sorry to hear of Mel's passing. He was one from the "old school" of friends with my mom and I will always remember Mel as a kind and gentle man and a good family friend. Now he is reunited with Betty and all their friends and settle down for some good old reminiscing with all of them. May God Bless you all as you grieve your loss~.........Sandi LaMotte LaLone

  • kelley leach (Wednesday, December 28 16 08:04 pm EST)

    Dear Erskin Family, Am so sorry to hear of Melvin's passing. Mel was a great man and every one who knew him loved him. Please find God's Peace and treasure his precious memories.

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