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Ervin Hendershot

Ervin E. Hendershot, 100, of Parkers Prairie, died Feb. 10, 2010, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

Ervin was born Aug. 25, 1909 to Jack and Mary (Jenson) Hendershot in Hewitt. He served in the Army's 5th Armored Division from March 6, 1942 to Oct. 8, 1945 and was part of D-Day during World War II. He was wounded in two different actions and received a Purple Heart.

He married Myrtle Eggert on Feb. 8, 1947, and the couple built their homestead in rural Parkers Prairie, where they farmed and raised their family. Ervin liked to be outdoors. He fished, hunted, trapped and enjoyed working with wood, especially diamond willow. He kept in excellent shape well into his 90s, trimming tree limbs, building birdhouses and recycling scrap iron. He will be remembered by his family for his strength and endurance.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Domian-Anderson Funeral Home in Bertha with the Rev. Dr. Randy Taber officiating. Military honors were provided by the Minnesota National Guard's Honor Guard. Ervin was buried in Woodside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott and Dennis Hendershot; and Delroy, Tony, Zachary and Dalton Winchester. Domian-Anderson Funeral Home ( was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; sons, Scott (Dolores) Hendershot and Dennis Hendershot of Parkers Prairie; stepson, Delroy (Sue) Winchester of Anoka; one step-grandson and four step-grandchildren.

Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bernice Finck and Florence Hennagir; brothers, Warren, Elmer and Harry Hendershot; and step-grandson, Shawn Winchester.