Donald Erie

Jan. 16, 1943-Jan. 9, 2017

Donald R. Erie, 73,

Minot, formerly of the

Powers Lake area, died

Monday, January 9, 2017

in a Minot Hospital.

Donald was born Janu-

ary 16, 1943 at Powers

Lake, North Dakota the

son of Albert and Wilma

(Johnson) Erie. He was

raised on the family farm

and educated at Powers

Lake, graduating in 1961.

Donald honorably served

his country with the Mon-

tana and North Dakota

National Guard serving

from 1961-1968 and with

the Army Reserve Unit in

Washington State.

Donald was united in

marriage to Teresa Han-

son on May 3, 1968 at

Kent, Washington. They

lived in that area where

he was employed with

Boeing Company from

1966-1970, working on

the 747 flight line.

Donald and Teresa re-

turned to North Dakota,

where they settled on a

farm south of Powers Lake

in Cottonwood Township

of Mountrail County,

where he worked in

partnership with his fa-

ther in their dairy opera-

tion. They continued to

farm and raise their fami-

ly throughout the years

until 1993, when he

semi-retired and worked

various jobs in the area.

They moved to Mohall in

1993 and lived there for

15 years. They moved to

Minot in 2007.

Donald was a member

of Holy Cross Lutheran

Church, Powers Lake,

where he served on the

Church Council. He drove

school bus for the Powers

Lake School District, was

a member of the Cotton-

wood Township Board,

Mountrail Farmers Union,

and ND Dairy Associa-


Donald’s greatest pleas-

ure was traveling to all 50

states and 9 foreign coun-

tries. Norway was most

memorable as he found

his grandfather’s farm.

And for his 70th birthday,

the entire family went on

a Caribbean cruise. He en-

joyed camping, doing

yard work and tending to

his dog, Tootsie.

Family: Donald is sur-

vived by his wife of 48

years, Teresa, of Minot;

children, Wade (Shana)

Erie, Minot, Donita

(Bryan) Hauf, Max, Tho-

mas (Shannon) Erie,

Minot, Tonja (Fred)

Nordstrom, Minot;

grandchildren, Keshia

Boice, Kahresa (Shane

Beck), Chelsea, Brita and

Hannah Erie; Ashley,

Amanda (fiance, Daniel

Semeryuk) and Nathan

Hauf; Tyler, Teagan & Te-

anna Erie; Devynn & Kay-

cee Nordstrom;

great-grandchildren, Lilli-

an Boechler, Dominic

Clementich & Keegan

Boice; sisters-in-law, Lin-

da Erie, Wagoner, OK,

Judy (Lowell) Vedaa,

Stanley, ND & Linda

Schmidt, Sioux City, IA;

his beloved dog,

“Tootsie”; several nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Donald was preceded in

death by his parents;

granddaughter, Brooke

Nordstrom; brothers,

Arthur, Henry and Wal-


Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Saturday, January

14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in

Bethany Lutheran

Church, Minot.

There will be a live

webcast of the service at

the Holy Cross Lutheran

Church in Powers Lake.

Interment: Cottonwood

Cemetery, rural Powers

Lake, ND later in the

Spring of 2017.

Visitation: Friday, Janu-

ary 13th from 3:00-6:00

p.m. in Thomas Family

Funeral Home, Minot.

In lieu of flowers or

plants the family prefers

memorials to an organiza-tion of the donor’s choice.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomasfamily