Charles R. “Charley” Erb
Charles R. “Charley” Erb, age 64, of Lodgepole, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 11, 2019 at his home south of Sunol. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. Services will conclude at the Church with cremation to follow and Inurnment at a later date in the Czech Cemetery. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Wednesday from 1-7:00 P.M. with family present from 4-6:00 P.M. Memorials are being established. You may view Charley’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Charley’s care and funeral arrangements.
Charles Robert Erb was born February 4, 1955 in Oshkosh, NE as the oldest son to Robert and June Erb. As a young boy, he lived on ranches where his dad was working in the Sandhills, around Oshkosh, Lisco, Broadwater and Ashby. This is where he fell in love with driving anything he could get his hands on. He was also introduced to flying small planes and even a helicopter. Charley and his family moved to Oshkosh when he started high school and at 18, he started driving semis. He spent the next 25 years driving for local companies and over the road. He finished his career operating a road maintainer for Cheyenne County for almost 30 years.
Flying was a passion and he received his pilot’s license in the early 1980s. He could tell you the make and model of any plane he saw and collecting model planes was a favorite pastime.
Charley never knew a stranger and loved a good story, embellishing it with each telling. He had a talent for comedy and had a crowd gathered around him at any function.
Charley is survived by his wife of 41 years: Dawn (Lafler) Erb; daughter: JaVay and husband Ryan Hurt of Colorado Springs, CO, daughter: Dusk and husband Kurt Westerbuhr and granddaughter Ayla, or “Bug” as he affectionately called her, of Holdrege, NE; brothers: Jim and wife Cindy Erb of Oshkosh, NE and Roland and wife Brenda Erb of Gothenburg, NE; uncle and aunt: Art and Marilyn Erb of Oshkosh; uncle: Joe Dillon of Buffalo, MO; mother-in-law: Lorraine Lafler of rural Sidney; sisters-in-law and husbands: Alys and Joe Ratigan of Rapid City, SD; Valeta and Jeff Rosenbaum of Sidney and Tanya and Ed Serefko of Omaha and many cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished in-laws and friends.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents: Bob and June Erb; grandparents: Chester and Icie Dillon and George and Lena Erb; uncles and aunts: Ace and Irene Erb, Wally and Viola Johnson, Roy Erb, Bill and Mary Poppy, Bernie and Irene Beaman, Dale and Della Fenster; father-in-law: Donald Lafler and several cousins.