Ervin Lee Urban departed this life to enter life eternal on April 10, at the age of 88 years at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m.. until 8p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Burial will be in the Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials have been established with the United Methodist Men and Sumner Regional Medical Center Residential Care and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. To leave online condolences please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.
Ervin Lee Urban was born March 7, 1929, in rural Caldwell, Kans., to Otto and Rose Urban. He attended Caldwell High School where he met the love of his life, Oraleen Merritt. He graduated from high school in 1947 and began farming. He married his high school sweetheart on Aug. 6, 1950. He was called to serve in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 and served in the TRUST Territory in Trieste, Italy. Oraleen joined Ervin in Europe during his service and the two lived there before returning home to Kansas. He returned to farming and also worked in construction to support his family. Ervin and Oraleen shared more than 66 years of marriage and had three children: David, Mark, and Pam.
Ervin was very passionate about nature and loved his work in farming and tending to the cattle. He was recognized for his efforts in soil conservation by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in 1992. He faithfully journaled for over 40 years and made a daily habit of recording the temperature, the grain reports, and what the family had done each day. His other hobbies included fishing, reading, traveling in the US and in Europe, sports, and playing cards with his friends and family.
When he wasn’t busy with farming, Ervin also dedicated his time to serving his community and his church. He was on the board of directors of Wellington’s First National Bank, he was a 4-H leader and a member of the Dusty Corners School Board and a long-time member of the Sumner County Wheat Growers. He taught Sunday School Classes for many years at both Corbin United Methodist Church and Wellington First United Methodist Church and held various offices in each church. He was a faithful member of the Searcher’s Sunday School Class.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents: Otto and Rose Urban; his sister, Mildred Urban; and a grandson, Jeremy Urban. He is survived by his loving wife Oraleen, of Wellington; his son, David and Shelly of Mayfield, and children, McKenzie and Charles Wagner and Chelsea Urban; his son, Mark and Gail of Wellington, and children, Mitch Urban and Katie Urban; and his daughter, Pamela and Rich Granger of Matthews, N.C., and children, Tyson Hibbs, Erin Hibbs, and Kayley Granger. He is also survived by his younger sister, Joyce (Urban) Watts, of Wellington, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.