Eric Michael McCarthy

Born: October 2nd, 1979

Passed: July 18th, 2020

at the age of 40

Oct. 2, 1979-July 18, 2020

Eric was born October

2nd, 1979 in Gillette, WY

to Karen and Mike. Short-

ly after the family moved

to Sherwood, ND. In

1982, Eric became a big

brother when Tyler ar-

rived. Two years later the

family moved back to

Wyoming. During this

time, Eric was active in

Boy Scouts as well as just

being a joyful adven-

turous little boy and ter-

rorizing his little brother

(I can say that because his

little brother is writing

this! haha). In 1990 the

family moved to Powers

Lake, ND calling that

home. Eric’s time in

Powers Lake was spent al-

ways being active. He was

not one to sit home for

any period of time. He

was either riding bikes,

four wheeler or fixing on

something. Eric and his

life long friend Chad

Lindberg were always up

to something, I believe

they had some exciting

nights in an old Monte

Carlo if I recall. It was

during his early

Highschool years that Eric

really began to show how

much of a free spirit he


After Eric’s junior year

of High School, he moved

to New Mexico to stay

with his dad, it is there

that he completed High

School, but he quickly

moved back to North

Dakota and signed up for

college. This is where he

found his true passion

and calling, becoming a

Power Lineman at

Bismarck State College.

With this new trade under

his belt, he began travel-

ing the entire United

States working, and with

working he was able to go

on many adventures

around the world. Eric

was the definition of

“Work to Live”. Eric was

very smart and skilled, if

he put his mind to it, he

could do anything. Eric

absolutely loved the

mountains and Snow-

boarding. He was able to

snowboard across the

country, Alaska, Canada,

and South America.

With Eric being such a

free spirt with a live today

attitude, he also faced

many ups and downs. But

I can honestly say, with

those downs, he was al-

ways so resilient and posi-

tive for what the next

page will hold. He was

just starting his next ad-

venture in Phoenix, AZ

when he was taken from

us entirely too early. Eric

faced many struggles but

living life to the fullest

was not one of them. He

was dearly loved and will

be missed by many.

Eric is survived by his

mother, Karen Maruskie

(DJ); father, Mike

McCarthy; Grandmothers,

Helen Ellis, Opal

Maruskie (Step); brother,

Tyler (Jessica) McCarthy;

nieces, Maddison,

Haddlee, Claire; nephews,

Abram, Hayes;

half-brother, Josh Rudolf;

numerous aunts, uncles

and cousins.

He is preceded in death

by Grandpa Fritz Ellis,

Grandma and Grandpa

McCarthy, Grandpa Willi-

ams, Step-Grandpa Honky

Maruskie; aunts, Julie

Ellis, Barb McCarthy and

uncle, Dennis Ruppert.

Eric’s inurnment will be

on Saturday, August 1,

2020 at 10:30 am in the

Bethel Cemetery in

Battleview, ND. Following

the burial, everyone is in-

vited for lunch and a

Celebration of Eric’s Life

at Tyler’s home.