Erwin ‘Erv’ H. Panzer

By on November 7, 2013

Erwin “Erv” H. Panzer, 75, of Maple Park, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, following complications from a farming accident.

He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of Henry and Hulda (Gehrke) Panzer.

Erv grew up in Roselle, Ill., and attended local schools. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School with the class of 1956.

During his high school years, Erv was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America and proved it by going back to the family dairy farm after graduation, where he continued his education. His classrooms were the barns and fields of his youth, until the family sold the farm and bought a bigger farm in Maple Park. Dairy became a thing of the past, with emphasis now put on grain, cattle and pigs.

He was a member of the Kane County Farm Bureau and faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sycamore, where he was superintendent of the Sunday School, sang in the choir, was an elder and served on untold numbers of boards over the years. Erv was also a longtime member of the DeKalb County Steam Power Club and member of the North Grove School Association.

Erv was “King of the Ten Pins,” knocking them flat with each throw on bowling night with several area leagues. He was fluent in German, but his hands “spoke” welding perfectly. He also knew his way around the wood shop.

He also loved to travel to auctions galore, finding treasure and gold where others found none. If there was one thing Erv was, it was helpful. He had the kindest heart and would give you the shirt off his back. If there was ever a need, Erv was first in line to lend a hand.

He is survived by his loving fiancee, Bernice Maness; two siblings, Dorothy (Arnold) Grimm and Leonard Panzer; one niece, Donna (Brian) Tennis; one nephew, Warren (late Carol) Grimm, and his children, Benjamin and Andrew; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded by his parents, Henry and Hulda Panzer.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Robert W. Weinhold and Rev. Marvin Metzger, pastors of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Schaumburg, Ill.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. John Lutheran Church and Lutheran Hour Ministries. Checks may be made out to either, but both can be mailed to 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore, IL 60178. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at