Ervin Equipment Mourns Death of Industry Leader, CEO and Founder Greg Ervin

Greg W. Ervin, CEO of Ervin Equipment, Inc. in Toledo, IL, passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Sweetwater, TN on July 18, 2019. Greg was 58. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Toledo Christian Church 501 S. Maryland St. Toledo, IL. Visitation will be at the church on Friday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Toledo is assisting the family. 

Greg was born Aug. 18, 1960 to C. Carroll and Mary (Stitt) Ervin. Greg went from walking to working while hooked to his Dad’s belt loops whether it was building boats, working on race cars, or erecting hog barns. Greg started his first business at age 15 when he purchased a tractor and rented farm ground from a relative. With the founding of Ervin Trucking in 1981, he got his start hauling sand and gravel to construction sites. As he sold old equipment to make way for the new, he quickly recognized the incredible unmet demand for pre-owned inventory. This led to the creation of Ervin Equipment Incorporated in 1991, with its focus on selling and leasing equipment within the transportation industry.  

Greg had an even greater love for his family. He married his high school sweetheart, Christie Sowers, in 1978. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. 

He leaves behind his wife Christie, their daughter, Kylee Ervin and husband Justin Ward, grandchildren Paxton (9), Payton (7). Son, Cole and Season Ervin, grandchildren Jett (8), Eve (5), Judd (5). Mother, Mary Ervin and sister, Barb Hall. He was preceded in death by his Dad, Carroll Ervin in 2013. 

Greg was tenacious, honest, hard-working, fun-loving, high energy, influential, and instrumental. Greg was passionate about his hometown community and worked tirelessly to preserve its future. His legacy will continue to impact lives for generations to come. Memorials can be made to the Greg W. Ervin Foundation in care of First Neighbor Bank, PO Box 127, Toledo, IL 62468. Online condolences can be expressed at

Ervin Equipment, Inc. has been an NTDA Dealer Member since 1997 and Greg was an active participant at the Association’s Annual Convention and in other programs. Ervin Equipment will proudly continue to grow the company with the same tenacity and vision that Greg had, with his son, current President Cole Ervin. 

About Ervin

ERVIN is a family-owned business that started as a one-man operation and has transformed into a successful worldwide corporation. Ervin remains guided by the core values of its founder: integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation. In addition to offering a wide selection of new and used trailers, Ervin has staff dedicated to assisting with financing, logistics, and leasing. Learn more at