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Erik L. Durchman

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“I worked at Travis Carters with Erik and he took me in and taught me so much. My son now races and the knowledge Erik gave me , now can help him. He...Read More »
1 of 53 | Posted by: Danny Crump - Morganton, NC

“Lynn and Boys, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember our families spending time together enjoying your babies, dinners, and the vivid memory of...Read More »
2 of 53 | Posted by: Donna Moore Ruggiero - orlando, FL

“Dear Lynn, I was saddened to hear about Erik. Please know you are in my prayers. May God's strength be with you and your family. ”
3 of 53 | Posted by: Sharon Wilcox - Wilkesboro, NC

“Dear Durchman Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. When I heard of Erik's passing I remembered all the good times our family had with yours. ...Read More »
4 of 53 | Posted by: Crystal Moore Mason - Roswell, GA

“Thomas and family, I am very sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you. ”
5 of 53 | Posted by: Kim Bowling Holland - NC

“Thomas, I am so sorry about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 53 | Posted by: Amanda Johnson Barrows - NC

“Lynn, Our thought and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength during this very difficult time. ”
7 of 53 | Posted by: Joyce Minton - Purlear, NC

“I am so, so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
8 of 53 | Posted by: Kristina - Holly Springs, NC

“To the Durchmans, Along with everyone else, I was shocked by the loss of my cousin Eric. I was lucky enough to have spent a brief time with him not...Read More »
9 of 53 | Posted by: Korri Hishon - Toronto

“Matt & Stefanie and the entire Durchman Family. Words can not console you right now but know that my thoughts and prays are with you. I hope that...Read More »
10 of 53 | Posted by: Gayle Dunbar - Davidson, NC

“I have known the Durchmans for many, many years. I thought I'd share a memory that to this day still leaves me laughing and a little confused. Many ...Read More »
11 of 53 | Posted by: Tom - Hayes, NC - friend

“To members of Erik Durchman Family: Please accept my condolences on the passing of Erik. Erik and I grew up together near each other on Station...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: John Wroblewski - Harborcreek, PA

“Dear Aunt Lynn, Tom, Jeremy and Matt, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We love you all. ”
13 of 53 | Posted by: Todd, Michele, Christian, Hope, Hannah and Nathan Dieterich - OH

“Matt and Stefanie, my sincerest sympathy for you and your family. May the memories you've built over the years sustain you through your grief. ”
14 of 53 | Posted by: Leigh Yarbrough - Davidson, NC

“Lynn and family,We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Although I only knew Erik for a brief four years, we became quite good friends in that short...Read More »
15 of 53 | Posted by: Mark Swavely and family - NC

“DEAR LYNNE AND FAMILY, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR EXPRESSION OF SYMPHONY. I KNEW "ZEKE" FROM 7TH GRADE ON, I KNOW SOMETHING OF WHAT YOU WILL BE MISSING. THE...Read More »
16 of 53 | Posted by: DAVID WHITTEN - CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD

“Durchman Family, My deepest prayers and sympathies go out to you all. I have lots of great memories of Erik, as he was never reluctant to hang...Read More »
17 of 53 | Posted by: David Khodayar - Dallas, TX

“Erik was a fun person to work with at Penske. I am very sorry for your loss and you have my deepest sympathy. ”
18 of 53 | Posted by: Joyce Kearns - Kannapolis, NC

“Lynn, You and your family are an integral part of my memories as a child. I would have mourned the loss of Erik based on those memories alone. What...Read More »
19 of 53 | Posted by: Becky, Chip, & Sam - Wilkesboro, NC

“Lynn, I am very saddened to hear of Erik's passing. I just hope you and your family can find peace and comfort in the days to come. You have...Read More »
20 of 53 | Posted by: Paula Miller - Springdale,, AR

“Thomas & family, I'm very sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
21 of 53 | Posted by: Heather Wiles-Cheek - NC

“To the Durchman, Sterrett and Johnson Families: We were deeply saddened to hear of Erik's passing. Words cannot heal the pain of losing someone so...Read More »
22 of 53 | Posted by: Barb & Tim Johnson - Erie, PA

“Erik was a most talented and caring person.We are saddened by his passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
23 of 53 | Posted by: Steve and Jan Jackson - NC

“Lynn, You and Erik were among the first people Becky and I met when we moved to N Wilkesboro in 1973. At our first dinner at your house, Erik showed...Read More »
24 of 53 | Posted by: Pete Mann - Wilkesboro, NC

“Lynn and Family, You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Erik lives on in the faces of his family whom he Loved and Cherished more than life...Read More »
25 of 53 | Posted by: Tim & Rita Kinney - Deep Gap, NC

“The last time that I saw Erik Durchman (or any other member of the infamous Kerr Scot Yacht club) was two Summers ago at a volley ball at Tom's...Read More »
26 of 53 | Posted by: Rita Kinney - Deep Gap, NC

“Lynn, You have helped so many find their way through the loss of a loved one. Please know that there are many who want to help you now. Lean on GOD...Read More »
27 of 53 | Posted by: Glenda Andrews - Fleetwood, NC

“Dear Lynn and sons, I am shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of Erik. As I read all of the tributes that your friends and family have sent,...Read More »
28 of 53 | Posted by: Jackie Dunn - Queensbury, NY

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the Durchman family.I knew Erik 22 years. He was one of the most intelligent people i ever met and probably the best...Read More »
29 of 53 | Posted by: Don Roberts - Mooresville, NC

“To the Durchman family, We are all filled with sorrow at your tremendous loss. Working with Tom Durchman, we are all constantly entertained by the...Read More »
30 of 53 | Posted by: The Staff of Restaurant Zoe - WA

“Lynn and sons, our deepest sympathy goes out to you. May God keep you in His care. ”
31 of 53 | Posted by: Dick and Reba Whittington - NC

“Dearest Lynn, We are so sorry about Erik. We are holding you and your family close to our hearts. Kathy, Donald and David ”
32 of 53 | Posted by: Kathy Williams - Wilkesboro, NC

“My memories of Erik include working on his beloved geodesic dome while listening to and singing along to Grateful Dead music. A phone call one rainy...Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Paul and Carolyn Lackey - Hickory, NC

“We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful...Read More »
34 of 53 | Posted by: Harborcreek High School Class of 1965

“I am so sorry to hear about Erik. I was looking at the pictures from our class reunion 5 years ago and there is one of Erik, Mike Reske, Glenn...Read More »
35 of 53 | Posted by: Carol Fuller - Harborcreek, PA

“Dear Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met Erik, I am certain he was a very good person and will be missed by you and his family....Read More »
36 of 53 | Posted by: Tim Joines - Wilkesboro, NC

“Matt and I worked together and became good friends. During our time together he shared memories of his father and family. Often, we would laugh till...Read More »
37 of 53 | Posted by: Toby Golds - Statesville, NC

“Dear Lynn and Boys, I am so sorry about Erik. He was a very good friend to me and a GREAT friend to Abbie. May God bless you all. ”
38 of 53 | Posted by: Linda Garwood - North Wilkesboro, NC

“Thomas, sorry for the loss of your dad, i know he will be greatly missed, may GOD BLESS you all. we will remember you in our thoughts & prayers. ”
39 of 53 | Posted by: MARTY GREENE - BOOMER, NC

“Lynn and family may the peace and love of our God comfort you in the days to come. ”
40 of 53 | Posted by: Linda Lopez - Irvington, VA

“Jeremy, so sorry for your loss, We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy Love Mike and Brenda Carver ”
41 of 53 | Posted by: Brenda Carver - N Wilkesboro, NC

“Durchman family, My heartfelt condolences go out to all of you in this time. From playing basketball on top of the mountain when we were younger...Read More »
42 of 53 | Posted by: Jonathan Nichols - Mooresville, NC

“Lynn and Family, Our prayers are with you. We will miss Erik. What a lovely picture of him from a lovely time at Matt & Stef's wedding. May God...Read More »
43 of 53 | Posted by: Laura Blackburn - N Wilkesboro, NC

“I met "THE MAD DUTCHMAN" on a Saturday as he was just finishing the foundation of his dream home "The Dome" He joked about the folks on highway 18...Read More »
44 of 53 | Posted by: Frank Anderson - North Wilkesboro, NC

“Matt and Stefanie, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Love, Heather and...Read More »
45 of 53 | Posted by: Jeff - Cornelius, NC

“Our deepest condolences and sympathy to all of the family and friends. We so enjoyed meeting Erik last week and feel blessed to have had that...Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: Andrea Clark and Family - Powell, OH

“Erik & I were in school together from the first grade. My memories of him were of how intelligent he was and also what a character he could be! I...Read More »
47 of 53 | Posted by: June Thompson Arneman - Edinboro, PA

“Matt and Stefanie: At times like this, words cannot express our feelings. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.You have our sincere...Read More »
48 of 53 | Posted by: Jodi Smith and Bobby Banks - NC

“Lynn and family, I was very sadden to hear about Erik, I know that he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Lovingly,...Read More »
49 of 53 | Posted by: Emily Hendrix - Hays, NC

“Dear Lynn : Even though our paths have not crossed lately, I still considered the both of you my friends. So sorry for your loss. I will never...Read More »
50 of 53 | Posted by: carolyn marlowe - NC

“What a shock to lose a BEST friend..you had a "way" with what you said and did and you will be missed so very much. ”
51 of 53 | Posted by: Ed and Kathy Petrusch - Alvaton, KY

“Erik was one of the best guys I ever worked with. I will miss him very much. Robin Pemberton ”
52 of 53 | Posted by: Robin Pemberton - Cornelius, NC

“You have left us way too early Erik, We will miss you everyday and we love you. Our memories are happy and will be shared along with your zest for...Read More »
53 of 53 | Posted by: Cheryl and Bob Johnson - OH


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REINS-STURDIVANT Mr. Erik L. Durchman, age 63, of Orchard Road, Moravian Falls died Sunday, July 18, 2010 at his home. A memorial service will be held 2:00, Friday, July 23, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Scott Peterson officiating. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of life in the parish house after the service. The family will receive at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 6:30 until 8:00 Thursday night. Mr. Durchman was born on May 16, 1947, at Lake George, New York to Olli and Marion C. Durchman. He grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended Carnegie Mellon University. He was married to the former Lynn Kinard for forty years. They have three sons, Thomas Durchman of Seattle, WA, Jeremy Durchman and son, Lennon of Fayetteville, AR, and Matthew Durchman and wife Stefanie of Mooresville. He is also survived by his mother, sister, Jeanne Sterrett, brother, Neal Durchman all of Erie, PA, and sister, Cheryl Johnson of Cleveland, OH. He will be greatly missed by a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. Erik was passionate about animals, the outdoors, sports, rock music and travel. He spent 30 years in the NASCAR racing business, where he worked in various roles as engine builder, mechanic, chassis manager and machinist. Until his death, he was employed by Penske Racing South in Mooresville. He felt privileged to be a part of racing history and was fortunate to work with many pioneers of the professional stock car racing circuit. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Wilkes, PO Box 306, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, Wilkes County Library, 215 10th Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, or to Wilkes County Animal Shelter, 408 Call Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.

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