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Ervin Erickson

Ervin Erickson    Ervin Erickson, age 96, of Northfield, Minn. and formerly of Montana, passed away Oct. 27, at the Northfield Retirement Center. Funeral Services were held Nov. 4, at the Chapel of the Northfield Care Center with burial in Conrad. Visitation was held prior to Services at the Care Center Chapel.
    Ervin Amos Erickson was born Nov. 3, 1910, to Alfred and Clara (Dyrud) Erickson, in Borup, Minn. The family traveled west by train to the Conrad area to homestead when Ervin was a baby. He spoke Norwegian as a child and didn’t learn English until he started school. In 1930, he graduated from the Lutheran Bible School in Grand Forks, N.D., and completed two years of college work at North Star College in 1935. He hoped to finish the last two years of study at Concordia College before entering Luther Seminary but lack of funds during those very difficult time made his dream impossible.
    He met and fell in love with Mabel Erickson Johnson, of Conrad, and they married in June of 1943. Ervin served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Following the War he became involved with agriculture finance and worked as a loan officer for the Production Credit Association in Conrad and Bozeman and Citizens’ Bank in Havre. He and Mabel enjoyed retirement years in the Lolo and Missoula areas, and Mesa, Ariz., and moved to Northfield in 1997. Throughout his life he was very active in the Lutheran Church and was a voracious reader who loved to study theology.
    Ervin is survived by his stepson Wallace (Betty) Johnson, of Conrad; sons Richard (Sylvia) Erickson, of Northfield, and Raymond (Mary) Erickson, of Spokane, Wash. He is also survived by seven grandchildren who fondly remember peanut parties and malted milk balls with their grandpa; D’Arlyn Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Peter (Tonja) Erickson, Andrew Erickson, Benjamin Erickson, Maren (Timothy) Engh, and Timothy (Katie) Erickson. Erv is also survived by five great-grandchildren; Emma, Lara, Siri, Molly, and Micah.
    He was preceded in death by his brothers Clifford and Harold; sisters Cora Rosenbaum, Ruth Rosenbaum, and Valborg Brosten, and by his beloved wife Mabel, who died in 2004.
    Memorials to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 606 Main St., Kalispell, MT, 59901.
    Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.