Earl Erickson went Home to his Eternal Father on Oct. 6, 2012, quietly at home in San Antonio, Texas, where he lived with his niece and her husband, Ronda and Scott Stimson. His funeral will be in Powers Lake at Bethel Baptist Church on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Bethel Cemetery, rural Powers Lake. Visitation is today, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Earl was born on the family farm in rural Powers Lake on Nov. 10, 1919, to Ludvig and Ellen Erickson. Earl was raised on the family farm, attending the Sellie School and then graduating from Powers Lake High School. During high school, Earl was farming with his Dad and purchased additional land. Following graduation, Earl completed the course of study in business at Wahpeton Business College. From there, Earl took a position working in a bank in Miles City, Mont. He worked there until his Dad asked him to return home to help on the farm due to his Dad's failing health.
By the time of his Dad's death, Earl was well established as a farmer, so he continued farming and acquired additional land. Earl was an excellent steward of the land, doing each task with thoroughness. Earl was always one of the first to begin in the field each spring and always eager to begin harvest. Earl served the community with his work on the Powers Lake Elevator Board for many years. In addition to his farming, Earl did income tax for people in the area for many years. Earl drove school bus for many years, always thinking of his bus kids as "his kids."
Earl's faith was the basis for his life in everything he did, whether as a successful farmer, or helping a neighbor with transportation to a doctor. Earl served as executor for many families through the years as well. He was always ready and eager to give a helping hand to whoever asked. Earl served his Eternal Father faithfully through Bethel Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school for over 40 years in addition to serving as deacon or trustee for many years. He was also a longtime member of Gideons International.
He was youth leader for local and state youth at times, and was always willing to pitch in when asked.
Earl farmed until he was 80, renting his land after that. In later years, Earl spent part of the year in San Antonio with Scott and Ronda, living with them since 2003. The trips back "home" were the highlight of Earl's year, times to visit with family and friends. Earl's sense of humor and gentle demeanor, honesty and integrity, always insisting on a "fair deal" were trademarks of his life of service.
Earl will be greatly missed by all who were blessed by his life.
Earl is survived by: his niece, Ronda, and her husband, Scott Stimson, of San Antonio, Karen Kephart, niece by marriage; great-nieces, Becky (Jay) Colt, Katy Kephart, Abby Kephart, McKenzy Kephart; and great-great-nieces Taylor and Jayden Colt and families of his cousins, Hazel Swensrud, Mildred Swensrud, Violet Hoseth, and Ed Mattson.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Kephart, and her husband, Rodney; nephew, Bob Kephart; great-nephews, Jason Kephart and Robbie Kephart; cousins, Mildred Swensrud, Hazel Swensrud, Violet Hoseth and Ed Mattson.
Online condolences at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).
(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)