Brent's Story

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Brent Alan Erwin, 64, Carthage, Mo., passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at his home.
Brent was born February 17, 1953, in Carthage, to Paul and Josephine Erwin. He "enjoyed" the guidance of four older sisters and the produce from the largest garden in Carthage.
He attended Carthage schools and was a proud member of the class of 1971. He was a class officer and befriended all classmates. Brent worked in the construction industry many years as a union member. Circa 1999, he opened a trail riding business at his ranch east of Carthage. Known as Medicine Hat Trading Co., it became a nonprofit company providing horse riding therapy to special needs' children and adults. Working mostly alone, he lived to help his clients, and would work seven days a week.
Another passion of Brent's was helping others with substance abuse problems. He was active in AA and NA and was a gifted speaker at events throughout the Four State area.
Brent's other interests included collecting Native American Art, playing his flute, tennis, and annual trips to Mexico. A lover of animals, no Maple Leaf Parade was complete without Brent and his beloved horse Dr. Speck at its end.
Brent is survived by sisters, Joan Chittenden, Seneca, S.C., Linda Erwin Abel, Kansas City, Mo., and Mary Beacham, Carpinteria, Calif. He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Erwin, and one sister, Pauline Tullis.
A celebration of Brent's life will be held 2-6 p.m., Sunday, June 4, at Carthage Memorial Hall. Remembrances of Brent will begin around 3 p.m.
Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.
Published on May 31, 2017
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