Ervin J. Wegscheid Sr.


Ervin (Erv) Joseph Wegscheid Sr., Husband, Father, Veteran, Entrepreneur and Car Enthusiast died February 25th, 2021 at the age of 87.

He is preceded in Death by his parents, Alois and Clara; wife, Dolores; and siblings, Rita, Virginia, Betty, and LeRoy. He is survived by his four children, Lynn Marie (Wegscheid) LeQuire – Moorhead, MN, Ervin Joseph Jr Wegscheid – Lancaster TX, Ron (Laurie) Wegscheid, Waxahachie, TX and Stephen (Marjorie) Wegscheid – Thief River Falls, MN; nine grandchildren, Michael Wegscheid, Tony (Krista) Wegscheid, Hillary Wegscheid, Graham Wegscheid, Alexander Wegscheid, Sister. Elijah Marie of the Transfiguration (Jenna) Discalced Carmelites, Aaron Wegscheid, Hailey Wegscheid; granddaughter-in-law, Kelli (Zetocha) Wegscheid and five great grandchildren, Isabel Hedlt, Lily Wegscheid, Dresden Wegscheid, Mira Wegscheid and Calvin Wegscheid.

Erv was born January 16th, 1934 in Bluffton, MN to Alois Michael and Clara Antoinette (Langer). He was the 4th of 11 children and the oldest son. Growing up on the family farm in Bluffton, he learned the value of hard work which carried with him for the rest of his life. After graduating from Wadena High School in 1952, he was drafted into the Army. He rose to the rank of Staff Sargent and served for three years. He is a Korean Conflict Veteran, VFW Lifetime member, American Legion Lifetime member and Disabled American Veterans member.

Upon leaving the Army he moved to Moorhead and started working for the S.S Kresge company. He was transferred to Chicago, Il. In 1958 he married Dolores Werr and they had four children (Lynn, Ervin Jr, Ron and Stephen). Working for Kresge’s, they lived in Illinois and Wisconsin. In the early 1970’s, Erv left the company and settled in the Dent, MN area to operate a resort on Star Lake as well as manage the Hardware Hank in Perham. In the mid 1970’s, they moved to Paul Lake, where they live for nearly 30 years. In the late 1970’s, Erv and Dolores started a small distribution company that was later known as D & E Enterprises. Other business that Erv owned included Perham U-store, Dent U-store, D & E Travel and North Court apartments. Erv retired in 2005.

After nearly 35 years of marriage, Dolores passed away on February 20th, 1993. After the passing of his wife Dolores, his next passion began, classic cars. He started with a 1955 red Ford Thunderbird convertible. Over the years, he acquired many additional cars including 1956, 1957 and 1962 Ford Thunderbirds, 1948 Lincoln hot rod and a 1947 Lincoln with the original V-12 motor. He was very active in the local car clubs including Perham Area Cruisers, Fergus Falls Classic Car Club and the Uninvited Car Club. He participated in cars shows and car meets throughout central Minnesota winning many awards for his cars.

In 1995, Erv married Joyce Willenbring, first living on Paul Lake and then building a house in Dent on Rice Lake. They separated in 2019. Erv moved to Waxahachie, Texas to take advantage of the warm weather as well as be closer to his sons Ervin Jr. and Ron. He lived there until his death.

Memorial Mass will be at 11:00am on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dent, MN. Visitation will be will on Thursday, July 15 from 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham, with a Rosary at 6:30p.m. Erv will be buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Dent, next to his wife, Dolores. Schoeneberger Funeral and Cremation Service of Perham. 218-346-5175

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