WEST FAIRLEE - Ervine Willis Eastman, 90, died Oct. 2, 2012, at the Veterans
Administration Medical Center in White River Junction after a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Vershire, the son of Leon and Maude (Cloudman) Eastman. He grew up in Vershire. He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II
where he was deployed to the Pacific theater in the tank battalion. He was honored with a Bronze Star
On Feb. 24, 1946, he married Myrtle "Top" Rogers. They lived their married life in West Fairlee where together in 1952, they ran the Eastman's Garage and Store. Ervine continued to operate his garage with his son Earl, and he never retired from his work. He was known for his love of auto racing. For many years he had raced cars which were driven by his sons at racetracks in Bradford and Canaan, N.H.
He was a founding member of the West Fairlee Volunteer Fire Department of which he had been the fire chief for many, many years and also the American Legion Post 79 in Thetford. He was also a fire warden for over 50 years and had been a constable and tax collector for the town of West Fairlee.
He is survived by three sons, Ervine R. "Brother" Eastman, of Lebanon, N.H., Paul Eastman, of West Fairlee, and Earl Eastman and his wife, Vicki, of Vershire; two daughters, Judy Bircher and her husband, Tom, of Lebanon, N.H., and Donna Godfrey and her husband, Larry, of Post Mills; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Verna Ervin, of Vershire, Marjorie Johnson, formerly of West Fairlee, and Marie Ward, of Fairlee; his special friend, Nellie Lacount, of Windsor; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Myrtle "Top" Eastman, in 1991; his second wife, Christine (Smith) Swift, in 2005; and a brother, Rowland Eastman, in 2003.
There will be no public calling hours. A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Post Mills Cemetery in Post Mills, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Fairlee Volunteer Fire Department, 927 Vermont Route 113, West Fairlee, VT 05083. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.