Ervin Henry Beitz, 91, of Stewardson passed away at 2:00 p.m. Monday (October 25, 2010) at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Stewardson with Pastor Richard Bremer officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Brummerstedt Funeral Home, Stewardson and one hour before service time, Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Stewardson Cemetery with military rites by Wilbur Broughton American Legion Post #611 in Stewardson. Memorials may be made to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospice, Trinity Lutheran Church or the donorís choice.

He was born December 15, 1918 in his parentís home in Stewardson, the son of Fred A. and Anna M. (Pieper) Beitz. He married Mildred Moran on September 14, 1941 in Stewardson being married for 69 years.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stewardson, confirmed April 15, 1932. He served in the US Army during World War II in the European Theatre for 30 months. He was a member of the VFW Post in Effingham, Wilbur Broughton American Legion Post #611in Stewardson and the Shelby County Farm Bureau since 1947.He was a farmer for 62 years and a Moews seed corn dealer for 45 years.

Surviving are his wife Mildred, son, Ron Beitz (Tanya), daughters, Rhonda Vonderheide (Charley) and Dianne Whitt (Dave) all of Stewardson;son, Dennis Beitz (Mary) of Greely, CO; grandchildren, Randy Beitz (Marge) of Kentucky, Melody Smith (Gary) of Indiana, Tamara Boerngen (Doug) of Mason, Ryan Beitz (Rachel) of Colorado, Stuart Vonderheide (Tina) and Brock Vonderheide (Jamie) both of Stewardson, Bryan Vonderheide (Allison) of Mode, Tina Deters (Tony) of Sigel, Heather Bierman (Troy) of Wheeler, Justin Whitt (Amy) of Indiana, Sabrina Whitt of Rockford, Andy Beitz of Nevada and Melissa Richardson (Paul) of Colorado; great-grandchildren Chris Beitz (Sally), Tisha Beitz, Priscilla Beitz, R.J. Beitz, Isaiah Beitz all of Kentucky, Megan and Morgan Smith of Indiana, Kelsey and Madison Boerngen, of Mason, Fallynn Beitz of Colorado, McKenzi Vonderheide of Stewardson, Gabrielle Vonderheide of Mode, Emma, Marshall and Gavin Deters all of Sigel, Kassie, Samuel, Stacie, Will, and Jackie Vonderheide all of Stewardson, Kate Bierman of Wheeler, Lauren and Isaac Whitt of Indiana and Hannah Richardson of Colorado; great-great-grandchild, Chloe Beitz; step-grandchildren, Shane Smith (Kathleen) of Edgewood, Shelly Herboth (Frank) of Altamont and Holly Buenerkemper (Kraig) of Teutopolis, Jason Frey, John and Trevor Alward and Kaci Carter, step-great-grandchildren, Megan and Jessie Herboth, Katelyn and Logan Smith, Lane, Kayla and Ryan Buenerkemper; sister, Velma Culver; sister-in-law, Cleo Moran.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Clarence Beitz (Fern)and Freddie Beitz (Aline), brother-in-laws, Kenneth Moran and Lawrence Culver; sister-in-law, Ruth Miller (Max); daughter-in-law, Janet Beitz and grandson, Rodney Beitz.