830 South Colfax Street
West Point, NE 68788
Phone: 402-372-2022
Fax: 402-372-2033
Doug Erb

Doug Erb

Sunday, January 21st, 1945 - Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
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Obituary

Memorial services for Doug Erb age 76 of West Point, NE will be on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Beemer Mennonite Church in Beemer, NE with a luncheon to follow at the Beemer American Legion Hall. Interment will be on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Beemer Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church and prior to the service on Tuesday. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is handling the arrangements for the family.

Masks will be recommended to be worn while in attendance at the church. The service will be live streamed on the Minnick Funeral Service Inc Facebook page at www.facebook.com/minnickfuneralserviceinc .

Doug passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Douglas Dean Erb was born January 21, 1945, at his grandparents, Chris and Barb Erb’s home in West Point, to Leonard and Lillian (Nitzsche) Erb. He was born into the Mennonite church where he was a faithful member his entire life. He was baptized by Samuel Oswald September 13, 1959. Doug attended elementary and high school at West Point Public, where he graduated in 1963. Doug once said he could hear the school bell ring from his house, then take off running and still be on time for class. In 1965, Doug moved to Kansas City where he was in 1-W and worked at KU Med Center’s print shop. While working at his second job, a filling station in Westport, he ran into Lowell Miller, a friend from Beemer. This was a wonderful experience as the two visited, it ended with Lowell hiring him at the KC airport where Doug really enjoyed working.

He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Mary Oswald on June 17, 1967, at the Beemer Mennonite church. In 1968 they moved to West Point where Doug worked with his father at Erb Electric. He later became owner and continued the family business. Doug was always available whenever friends, family and neighbors needed help. He was able to fix anything. On September 5, 1969, a daughter, Gina was born. Eleven months later, on October 2, 1970, a son, David was born, and on April 10, 1977, a son Jonathan was born. Upon retirement, Doug worked for a couple area nursing homes, doing maintenance and driving patients to doctor appointments. He was loved dearly by staff and residents.

He was one of the caretakers for the Amish-Mennonite Cemetery near O'Neill, NE. One of Doug’s favorite pastimes was golfing at Indian Trails. His children and grandchildren were his life and he enjoyed following their activities and spending time with them. He liked watching golf as well as the Kansas City Royals and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Doug loved to visit with friends and he was an entertaining story-teller with his pipe in hand. In the end, Doug donated his organs to the UNMC Cancer Research in hopes of helping others.

Survivors include: wife, Mary of fifty-three years; daughter, Gina (James) Mestl of Henderson, NE and grandchildren, Paige of Bancroft, NE, Benjamin and Elizabeth, Henderson; son, David (Jenny) Erb of West Point and granddaughter, Madeline of Omaha; son, Jonathan (Kelly) Erb, and granddaughters Corryn and Adison all of Gretna, NE. Three sisters, Barbara (Ronald) Wyse of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Mary Detweiler of Newton, KS.; Dorothy (Larry) Suhr of West Point; brother, Lenny (Julie) Erb, of West Point; brothers-in-law Gene (Janice) Oswald and Denis (Julie) Oswald all of Pilger, NE.; sister-in-law, Dell (Dennis) Carr of Marco Island, FL, LaRene (Mike)Nahrstedt of Madison, NE. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Lillian Erb, parents-in-law Leland and Dorothy Oswald brothers-in-law Daniel Oswald and Joseph Detweiler.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, May 10th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Beemer Mennonite Church
    Address
    327 Sherman St.
    BEEMER, NE 68716
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Beemer Mennonite Church
    Address
    327 Sherman St.
    BEEMER, NE 68716
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Beemer Mennonite Church
    Address
    327 Sherman St.
    BEEMER, NE 68716
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 9:30am
    When
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 9:30am
    Location
    Beemer Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Beemer, NE
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Wayne Nitzsche

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I can hear Doug's chuckle, after telling a story! He had a big heart and a gentle spirit. Doug will be greatly missed but the world is a better place because of him. I'm assuming Doug is playing a round of golf on the most awesome golf course in all of heaven. Prayers for you Mary, and the rest of the family as you grieve such a huge loss, but also celebrate a life well lived.
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