Willard Erdman

July 21, 1929-Sept. 1, 2019

Willard Erdman, 90,

Minot died Sunday, Sep-

tember 1, 2019, in his

home following a lengthy

battle with Blood Cancer.

Willard Alfred Erdman

Sr. was born on July 21,

1929, in Minot to Paul

and Lillian (Lundy) Erd-

man. He was raised and

educated in Minot. As a

young adult he was em-

ployed at the V.A. Hospi-

tal and at Fisher Motors

for two years.

Willard married Mar-

lene Berends on May 9,

1951, in Miles City, MT.

They made their home in

Montana and Utah while

Willard was employed as

a seismographer and in

South Dakota, North

Dakota and Wyoming

while Willard was em-

ployed as a uranium drill-

er for Petty Geophysical.

They moved to Minot in

1958, when Willard be-

came employed by Atlas

Ready Mix as a truck

driver. Eventually, he

served as plant manager.

He started the local Eagle

Vault Company in 1985.

Willard retired in 2011.

His son Bill continues to

own and operate the busi-


Willard is a member of

St. Paul’s Lutheran

Church, Minot, where he

has served as a Trustee,

Elder and Usher. He espe-

cially enjoyed his green-

house, gardening, hunt-

ing, woodworking, along

with spending time at

their lake home on Lake


Willard’s loving family

includes his wife of 68

years Marlene; children:

William (Laverne) Erd-

man and Willard Jr.

(Myong) Erdman, both of

Minot, Mark (Loraine)

Erdman of Gladstone, ND,

and Theresa (Ted)

Bruesch of Minot; seven

grandchildren to include:

Mark (Laura) Erdman Jr.,

Lisa (Phillip) Corey, Kristi

(Nathan) Drost, Matthew

Erdman (Brittany), Joshua

Bruesch (Ella Parker),

Jacob (Alicia) Bruesch and

Jessica Bruesch (Shaun

Betts) and great-grand-

children to include:

Ethan, Payton, Amie, An-

gie, Addison, Colby, Car-

ter, Cadence, Kohner,

Kenadi, Baylen, Anabelle,

Abigail, Arabella, Diante,

Caden, Josie, Jaxon and


Willard was preceded

in death by his parents,

grandson: Christopher

Erdman and siblings:

Harold (Bernice) Erdman,

Ethel (Art) Olafson and

Darlene Levchenko.

Funeral service: Mon-

day, September 9, 2019, at

11:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s

Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Sunday,

September 8th, from 1:00

-4:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


Memorials are pre-

ferred to St. Paul’s Luth-

eran Church, Shepherd

Hills at the Crossroads, St.

John ND, or to an organi-

zation of the donor’s


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