Melvin G. Erks, age 84, of Pipestone, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Burial will follow at New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel.

Melvin G. Erks was born on April 10, 1935, on the family farm near Verdi, Minnesota. He was raised here and attended a one room country school along with eight peers. While playing baseball with his older brother, Alvin, their similar names caused Melvin to acquire the nickname, Pete, which stuck with him for many years to come. After the passing of his father, he moved with his family into town in Verdi. Melvin graduated from the Verdi school in 1953 and four years later, enlisted in the National Guard. During the weekends spent in Pipestone for his service, he met Shirley Crow, and the two were united in marriage on May 27, 1961. The couple resided in Verdi for several years before relocating to the home in Pipestone, Minnesota they would continue to share for the rest of their lives. Shirley preceded Melvin in death on July 14, 2013, and he rejoined her in Heaven on Thursday, October 10, 2019 when he passed away at the Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Benson, Minnesota at the age of 84 years and six months.

During his time in Pipestone, Melvin’s career included positions held at Robinson’s Grocery, the Egg Plant, and working with the city maintenance crew. He was incredibly proud of the 28 years of service he gave to the National Guard as a tank driver. In his free time and later years, he often enjoyed starting his day with a western show, followed by a drive around town. He was a big fan of country western music, George Jones being a definite favorite, and enjoyed Classic Country Saturday out of Luverne. Melvin was an outgoing person who loved to visit with friends over coffee. He looked forward to each and every holiday along with the meals and festivities that follow. He could also frequently be found at rummage sales and the Benson Flea Market where he acquired many nick-nacks, and frequented town events such as fairs and parades.

Melvin will be remembered by his three sons, Everett, Forrest, and Thorne, of Pipestone; three grandchildren; and three nieces, Joyce, Joan, and Jane. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; and brother, Alvin.