He was born March 8, 1936, to Johnnie B. and Kathryn (Jones) Erwin in Altamont.
He attended Edna Elementary and Edna High School before graduating from Labette County Community High School in Altamont in 1954. He was a Green Beret with special forces in the U.S. Army.
He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1984. He enjoyed fishing, wood carving and leather tooling.
He married Carol Baker on Dec. 29, 1955. They later divorced.
Survivors include two sons, Vin Erwin and his companion, Kathy Carr, and Hal Erwin, all of Coffeyville; two daughters, Jan Wimp and her husband, Larry, of Oswego, and Del Johnson and her husband, Bob, of Copan, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, a brother, Gale Storm and his wife, Docky, of Oswego; and a sister, Naomi Robertson and her husband, Leroy, of Nowata, Okla.
In addition to his parents he was proceeded in death by a brother, Herman Reece Erwin, in 1994.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Murdock Funeral Home in Oswego.