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Hugh Gerald Erwin, 95 of Union died June 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday June 26 at the Union United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.
Mr. Erwin was born Oct. 25, 1910, to Hugh and Bertie Largent Erwin in Adrian, Mo. He worked on ranches in Pendleton, Summerville and North Powder, and graduated from Powder Valley High School in 1929. On Sept. 26, 1936, he married Fern Baxter in La Grande. The couple lived in Union for many years, and he worked for the Oregon Highway Department in Union and later in La Grande. He retired in 1973.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing bingo and being with his family.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Gary and Barbara Erwin of Lincoln City, Leah Lewis and Richard and Jan Erwin, all of Baker City, and Donna and Joe LaVerdure of Pendleton; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and other relatives. His wife and four sisters, Maxine Kirkland, Virginia Erwin, Marge Miller and Norma Betts all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 24, 2006, Published, June 26, 2006