Ervin Garrod Lamkin, 97 ~ Garrod Lamkin
Died: Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Ervin Garrod Lamkin of McBain passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 97 years old.
He was born December 17, 1910 in Willis, Michigan to Roland and Lucy (Garrod) Lamkin.
Ervin grew up in Whittaker, and worked with his father and grandfather and eventually inherited the family sawmill business, PT Lamkin and Sons.
He was educated in a one room school house through the 8th grade and then graduated from Lincoln High School.
He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University, which was then a Normal School and his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Michigan.
His first teaching position was in Almont where he taught chemistry and physics and taught his future wife in her senior year. He also coached basketball and became principal.
As a young teacher he commuted to school on a Whizzer motor bike and helped his son restore three Cushman scooters in the early 1960s. He has enjoyed reading the Cushman magazine over the years. He was a member of the CCOA.
He married the former Christina Hough September 2, 1939.
During World War II he taught military personnel both hydraulic and engine mechanics for the B17, B19, and B24 airplanes at Willow Run in Ypsilanti and Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. After the war, he taught at Lincoln High School and then became a chemistry professor at Eastern Michigan University.
Upon retirement in 1969 he did extensive woodworking. He built deacon benches, coffee tables, lamps, coat racks and bowls.
In 1982 they moved to McBain to be near family.
He traveled extensively to Alaska, and wintered in Arizona and Seattle.
Mr. Lamkin loved his family and was a generous, humble and loving husband.
His favorite verse was “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Thy sight.”
He is survived by his wife Christina, and three children, Faye (William) Donnelly of McBain, Roland (MD) (Julane) Lamkin of McBain and Tina (Bill) Woodward of Seattle, Washington. Also 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service was held Sunday, September 7, at the Aetna Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Spencer Tuttle officiating.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Northern Michigan Christian School.
Arrangements were by the Young Funeral Home in Lake City, MI.