SIDNEY – David Dean Erbe, 74, who signed with the Minnesota Twins to play professional baseball after graduating from Oneonta High School, died April 8, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Born March 14, 1945, in Cooperstown, he was a relief pitcher in the Twins’ minor league organization in 1966.
He later lived in Sidney for many years, working for Custom Electronics in Oneonta, Amphenol/Bendix in Sidney, and retired from Corning’s Oneonta plant.
David’s life will continue to be celebrated by his daughter, Michelle Lee and her husband Dustin; son, Ryan Erbe and his wife Katie; granddaughters, Evelyn, Vivian, and Lilian Erbe; son, David Erbe and his wife Helen; grandson, Zachary and granddaughter, Carly; step-son Jeremy McKown and his wife Julie; grandsons Hudson and Jonah; step-daughter Jennie McKown and her partner Ernie Dotson; grandsons Connor, Mason, and Loganas well as his brothers, Richard Erbe, Dean Erbe, sister, Liz Wilcox; mother, Mary Close Erbe; and fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family, good friends, neighbors, co-workers, and all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Erbe.
David enjoyed playing baseball, bird-watching, tree identification, fishing, and telling original jokes. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making people laugh. David was great at making conversation with strangers and had a special knack for putting people at ease.
Calling hours will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 12, with the funeral planned at 11 a.m. Saturday the 13th, both at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Share memories and condolences with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.