Mel Erb Leaves Us; May He Rest in Peace. 2016 11 03.

Dave Kudro had this to say:  Having shuffled the last few years with Mel, I not only appreciated his shuffleboard abilities, I treasured his friendship and felt of him as a brother. To note some of Mel’s achievements , even at the young age of 64 he amassed 433 life time pro points, 37 1st place finishes, State Florida Masters Champion, National Singles and Doubles Champion , Florida Red Line Singles and Doubles Champion . Florida Hall of Fame 2008. Mel capped his shuffleboard career last year battling inoperable cancer, playing in only 5 tournaments  he won the non-working National Singles, and placed in all four state tournaments playing with Jerry Everett and myself. This great finish earned him a Roll of Champions Bronze medal finishing 22nd in the State.

Mel will sadly missed, but never forgotten . 

Dave Kudro 

Melvin L. “Captain” Erb 1952-2016 64, of TR 162, Sugarcreek, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in the comfort of his home following a two year battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 12, 1952, in Millersburg to the late Levi and Fannie (Yoder) Erb. He worked as a self-employed painter and roofer for 30 years, was a fishing charter captain for 22 years; and a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church. He had a passion for shuffleboard and fishing. He also enjoyed playing and spending time with his grandchildren: Cydni Anne (20 months), and Benson Cole (19 months). He said they were his Ray of Sunshine. He is survived by his wife, the former Anne D. Hershberger, whom he married Sept. 17, 1976; his sons, Jeremy Lynn (Marlene) Erb of Sugarcreek and Josiah Daniel “Joe” (Lena) Erb of Dover; his grandchildren: Benson Cole and Cydni Anne; his siblings: John (Katie) Erb and Leroy (Barbara) Erb both of Sugarcreek, Mary (Jake) Mast and Anna (Levi) Kuhns both of Millersburg, and Erma (Wayne) Yoder and Albert (Elsie) Erb both of Sugarcreek; and 28 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, 3391 US 62, Millersburg, with Pastor Dennis Hostetler officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 9-10 a.m. all at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home at Sugarcreek. – See more at:

Posted by Stan McCormack.  2016 11 07

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4 Responses to Mel Erb Leaves Us; May He Rest in Peace. 2016 11 03.

  1. Max & Ruth Tate says:

    Our Condolences to the Erb family. We knew Mel well and always enjoyed being in his company.


  2. Barbara Ann Norton says:

    My condolences to the Erb family. A great loss to the shuffling community. may he rest in peace.


  3. stanistheman says:

    HI Barb!! Do hope all is WELL with you!! Please drop us a line. Stan and Lois


  4. Earl Ball says:

    Mel was special to me. He was on the other end when I scored point #200 qualifying for the FSA Hall of Fame. Mel was the type that would tell you he was going to whip you and then he did but with me all that did was fire me up. Many who watched us play each other enjoyed the battle both on the court and the trash talk that went on. the competition was fierce and to the point that I didn’t dare go out on the boat with him for fear he would use me as bait. He was a great partner; none ever better or more loyal. My best to Anne and I do remember the dinners you made; they were always fabulous!


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