Ervin was born on December 8, 1931, at Stratton, to George Henry and Letha Velva (Golding) Meguire. He graduated from Stratton High School in 1949. He entered the US Army on February 12, 1952, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on February 4, 1954, but continued his military service with the Army Reserves for another eight years.
On March 27, 1955, he married Margaret Rose "Mickey" Smith at McCook. To this union two children were born. Ervin was employed by McCook Public Power as a lineman and later became District Supervisor. In 1993, he retired after 39 years of service.
Ervin was a volunteer firefighter for the McCook Fire Department for over 30 years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Camp and Dancers, and Family Frolics Square Dance Club. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, tinkering in his shop, and most of all, his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Mickey on August 20, 2002; one sister, Margie Marrs; and two brothers, Eugene "Hap" and Kenneth Meguire.
Survivors include his son, Michael and wife, Barbara, of Alda; one daughter, Karen and husband, Bruce Bortner, of North Platte; five grandchildren, James, Ryan and Matthew Bortner and Shawn and Rebecca Meguire; two sisters, Shirley Scarrow of Oxford and Beverly Green of Thornton, Colo.; one brother, George Meguire and wife, Theresa, of Ingleside, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, family and a host of friends.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Memorial services will be at Carpenter Breland Chapel, Wednesday, September 17, 2003, 10:00 a.m., with Wallace Gummere officiating. Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb., at 2:30 p.m. with honorable military committal by the Gothenburg Firing Squad.
Friends may sign the book at the funeral home Monday during office hours. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements