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Obituary: Ervin Hoevener, Seymour

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Ervin Fredrick Hoevener, 89, of Seymour, passed on to his Lord and Savior peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. surrounded by his family.

Ervin was born February 17, 1924, in Seymour, the son of Henry and Katherine (Schleibaum) Hoevener. Ervin was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII. On February 7, 1954 he married Melba Irene Surenkamp at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour. He was employed at the U.S. Postal Service where he retired as the Superintendent of Mail after 30 years of service. Ervin served Jackson County as county councilman. He was employed part-time at Nolting’s Grocery Store in the stores office as an accountant. He and his wife opened and owned Fantastic Sam’s in Seymour.

He was a charter member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served in many capacities including 12 years as Financial Secretary.

He is survived by his two daughters, Nancy (Rick) Stewart of Seymour, Karen (Vern) Heber of Greenwood; two grandchildren, Ben (Whitney) Heber of Trafalgar, Josh (Veronica) Heber of New Whiteland; one great-grandson, Isaac J. Heber; three sisters-in-law, Vera Hoevener Monroe, Kathleen Surenkamp, and Marietta Surenkamp, all of Seymour, and many nieces and nephews.

His parents; wife, Melba Irene; two brothers, Henry and Robert Hoevener; three sisters, Alma Dettmer, Dorothy Eickbush, and Melba White; and infant brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

The Rev. Jeffery Stuckwisch will conduct the funeral service at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church with visitation from 9 a.m. to service time. Visitation will be on Monday, April 8, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burkholder Funeral Chapel.

Memorials can be made to the Zion Lutheran School, Lutheran Community Home, or donor’s choice.

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