Ervin E. Grant, 86, of El Dorado, died Sunday morning at his home. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Entombment will be at the Bella Vista Mausoleum on Saturday.
Ervin was born and raised in El Dorado and attended school and community college here. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended St. Thomas University, University of Kansas, and University of Kansas School of Law. He joined his father in the practice of law in 1951 and retired after 60 years just two weeks prior to his death.
He served his community and state in many capacities during his life. He was an attorney in the Butler County Attorney’s Office, on the local school board (as a member and as their attorney), and the Butler County Watershed District Board. Ervin was a founding member of the Family Life Center Safehouse, was a member of People-to-People and was a graduate of the World Peace through Law academy in the Hague, Denmark. He was elected to two terms in the Kansas Legislature and served as a member of the State Board of Education. In addition, Ervin was a founding member of the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train and was its director for many years. One of his favorite activities was to organize and conduct overnight wagon train trips through the Flint Hills, an attraction that brought visitors from all over the world to El Dorado.
An active member of the First United Methodist Church for over 70 years, Ervin served on many local and conference committees, including earning accreditation as a Lay Minister. Two years ago he began writing a weekly column in the El Dorado Times on the history of Butler County, and is also the author of two books – “Reawakening” and “Trials of a Small Town Lawyer.”
In 1952 Ervin and Mary Jo Davis were married and have two children, Laurie and Randy, and four grandchildren, Ben Brockman, Andrew Brockman (and his wife Cassie), Jackson Grant, and Ethan Grant. He is survived by a sister Wilma Jean Groom (and her husband Jay) and two nephews Dave and Steve Groom.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home for the following: Grant College Scholarship Fund; Hospice Facility of your choice; or Survivors Ministry of the First United Methodist Church.