Editorial by General Manager Adam Griffin:
There are times that you meet people in life that you are pretty certain God took a little extra time in creating. They’re just different than the rest, in a really good way. And, this morning, anyone with ties to Bear Branch or Ohio County at all, are mourning the loss of one of those kind of people.
Ervin Iceberg, who has been a fixture in Bear Branch for decades and a huge part of Rising Sun school students for generations passed away on Sunday after a long illness. Ervin drove a school bus for Rising Sun schools for over 35 years, in fact, every one of my uncles, my aunt and my dad were all passengers on his bus for their school years. Ervin was as dedicated to his job as he was to his community. I’d dare say there are very few people who knew Ervin that wouldn’t say they considered him a great friend. One of those friends who would be there for you, no matter what.
Ervin and Janet were victims of the 1974 tornado that destroyed a good portion of Bear Branch…they rebuilt, and continued on farming, serving and loving their community. You never met Ervin on the road without getting a wave…never passed him the in grocery store without catching up on what was going on in life.
I caught the most fish I’ve ever caught in Ervin’s pond. I’ll never forget that day…we were packing up to leave, he saw what we’d caught and asked…”Good grief, you leave any in there for the rest of us!”
It’s rare to find guys like Ervin anymore…he touched more lives than he ever knew and his legacy will live on for generations to come. All of us at Froggy radio extend our condolences to Janet and the entire family. Ervin passed away at his home shortly before 12:30 on Sunday…he was 80.
Visitation will be Wednesday January 20, 2016 from 4-8pm at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay; and from 10am until the time of service at the church. Funeral service will be Thursday January 21, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5588 E 900 S, Cross Plains.