Erville Gayle "Erv" Smalley
September 19, 1940 - November 14, 2011
On November 14, 2011 Erville G. Smalley, 71, peacefully passed into the hands of the Lord at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO after a courageous battle with cancer and other illness in the presence of his loving family.
Erv was born in New Virginia, Iowa on September 19, 1940 to Harold Smalley and Ruby (Minor) Smalley. He was raised on his parent’s farm and graduated from New Virginia High School in 1959.
On June 23, 1962 Erv married Sandra Ann Black in Donaldson, Michigan. Three children were born to this union: Raymond Scott Smalley, Steven Craig Smalley, and Todd Harold Smalley. Erv and Sandy lived in Kinross, Michigan for five years while he served at Kincheloe AFB. They then moved to Griffiss AFB in upstate New York for four years. Erv was stationed in Ubon, Thailand for one year (1972-1973), and was then stationed at Ent AFB, ADCHQ in Colorado Springs in 1973. He retired from the Air Force in 1979 after serving 20 years.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, Erv founded Timberline Taxidermy in 1979 in Colorado Springs. After building a successful business and reputation as a wilderness and wildlife artist, he then sold the business and began a late career working for the United States Post Office. Erv earned three academic degrees: an Associates in Applied Science and Avionics Radar Technology from the Community College of the Air Force in 1979, an Associates of Arts and General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College in 1979, and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from Regis University in 1981.
Erv was a member of the Masonic Lodge Unity Lodge 142 in Eads, Colorado and a Scottish Rite Mason with the Valley of Marquette in Michigan. He was also a member of the Al Kaly Shriners in Pueblo, Colorado.
Erv had a knack for learning new technology, developing three websites during his retirement years including the Peterson Air Force Museum website, and two military history websites dedicated to the F-106 aircraft. He loved gardening and tending to his flower beds, hunting and fishing, traveling, and volunteering at the Peterson Air Force Museum where he, among other tasks, developed unique posters of various aircraft histories.
As an avid outdoorsman, Erv enjoyed yearly fishing and camping trips to Saskatchewan, Canada with friends and family. One of the biggest joys he had was traveling to Alaska over a year ago with his three sons to fish the Kenai River for salmon, and go deep-sea fishing for halibut.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Smalley of 49 years, three sons – Ray, Steve and Todd, three daughter-in-laws – Jen, Linda, and Tina, six grandchildren – Ryan, Sara, Lindsay, Naomi, Cooper and Henry, four honorary grandchildren – Summer, Riley, Gage and Ethan, and one great-grandchild in utero.
Erville’s mother and father and sister-in-law Nancy preceded him in death. Surviving siblings include his brother Roger and wife Barbara, brother George, sister Myra and husband Warren, and sister Darlene as well as fourteen nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Sandra Smalley at 3942 Iron Horse Trail, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Erv had several charities he donated to including the Peterson Air Force Museum and One Nation Walking Together among others. His wife Sandy will see that a memorial donation be made in his name as checks are received.
Shrine of Remembrance was entrusted with the arrangements.