In Memory

Elroy Erickson

Elroy Erickson

Elroy Erickson

February 3, 1944 ~ January 24, 2021 (age 76)

Elroy Edward Erickson was born on February 3, 1944 in Grand Forks, ND to Alvin & Bernice (Hanson) Erickson.  He passed away on January 24, 2021 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 76. 

Growing up in Grand Forks, ND Elroy graduated from Central High in 1962.  Elroy played hockey from a young age and won 3 state championships with his high school team as an outstanding defenseman.  He was also active in Boys Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Elroy joined the army after high school and served in Vietnam.  Elroy and Judy (Holter) were married in March of 1964.  After serving in the military, Elroy felt called into the Ministry.  He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1980 and the Lutheran Brethren seminary of Fergus Falls, MN  in 1983.  He served churches in Bozeman, M.T., Everett, WA and Vancouver WA before becoming a full-time hospice chaplain at Southwest Washington Medical Center for 25 years. He performed numerous weddings and had the privilege of officiating at over 1100 funerals, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  After retirement he served 2 years as a visitation pastor in Fargo, ND.

Elroy was an avid Sioux hockey fan and a competitive pinochle player.  The hospice nurses will attest to many rousing games of Spoons.  He enjoyed going on road trips throughout the USA and he and Judy went on several cruises.  He refused to go anywhere he had to fly and was waiting for bridges to be built to Hawaii and Norway. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harlan, daughter Shanna and grandson Nolan.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, son Sean (Ruth) of Columbus, MT, daughter Sonja Baudoin  (Brent Johnson) of Vancouver, WA , daughter Suzanne (Dan) Dubisar of Terrebonne, OR, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Also survived by brother Allen (Alana) Erickson of Grand Forks, ND and sister Kay Erickson (Todd Axdahl) of Devils Lake, ND.  A funeral service will be held at West Funeral Home in West Fargo, ND on February 5th, 2021 at 11 am with burial at the Fargo National Veterans Cemetery at Harwood, ND at 1 pm.  A second memorial service will be held on February 27th at 2pm at Calvary Free Lutheran in Mesa, AZ.  Memorials may be sent to Special K Ranch, PO Box 479, Columbus, MT 59019 or Desert Manna Food Pantry, 590 N 96th St, Mesa, AZ 85207.

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01/30/21 08:58 AM #1    

Gary Newland

Elroy will be missed by all.  He was a fine and gentleman who found his calling in the ministry.  He gave to others.  What a great  example for us all.  Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his spouse and family.


01/31/21 12:38 PM #2    

Judith Olson (Gierke)

His Life well lived !  Rest in glory of Christ and Heaven.  A well written tribute ! 

03/22/21 11:39 AM #3    

Thomas Johnson

Elroy was a good man who made life a little brighter for everyone.  I will miss his kind, welcoming spirit and our chats.

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