N.D. - Roland Erickson, 79, died Friday,
October 26, 2001 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo,
services were held in Fargo.
Erickson was born on April 19, 1922 at Fertile, the
son of Robert and Clara Erickson. He attended
school in Fertile, graduating from Fertile High
School in 1940. During the war, he was employed in
manufacturing in Richmond, Calif. and Glendale,
Calif. He returned to Minnesota in 1945.
the time Roland resided in Thief River Falls, he
was employed at C. Gustafson & Sons, Inc. and
Union State Bank. He spend most of his professional
career as an employee of the United States
Department of Agriculture finishing his career as a
program specialist with the ASCS in the North
Dakota state office in Fargo.
August 19, 1953, Roland was united in marriage to
Patricia Chaput at Thief River Falls. They moved to
Langdon, N.D. and resided there until 1966 when
they moved to Rugby, N.D. In 1984, Roland, Patricia
and their family moved to Fargo.
include a daughter, Robyn (Mark) Gonitzke of
Damascus, Md.; six sons, Mark (Marlene) Erickson of
St. Paul, Ralph (Michele) Erickson of Fargo, Paul
(Katie) Erickson of Potomac, Md., Craig (Gwyn)
Erickson of Fargo, Steven (Vera) Erickson of
Shorewood, Ill., and John (Jill) Erickson of Grand
Forks, N.D.; a brother, Walter (Marian) Erickson of
Los Osos, Calif.; and 18 grandchildren.
was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a
sister, Lily Gustafson; a brother, Reynold
Erickson; and a grandson.