Erling A. Dolan

May 12, 1930-Sept. 25, 2020

Erling A. Dolan age 90,

of Crosby, ND passed

away peacefully on Fri-

day, September 25, 2020

at his home in Crosby.

Funeral services will be

2:00 PM on Friday, Oc-

tober 2, 2020 at Concordia

Lutheran Church in Cros-

by with Pastors Zachariah

and Emily Shipman as

co-officiants with social

distancing. Burial will fol-

low at Concordia Luth-

eran Cemetery in Crosby.

Visitation will be from

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on

Thursday, at the funeral

home. Fellowship with

cake and coffee will fol-

low burial at the senior


Erling was born on the

family farm in Troy

Township on May 12,

1930 to Aslak and Josie

(Throntveit) Dolan. He at-

tended grade school at

Lexington and went on to

graduate from Crosby

High School in 1947. Er-

ling attended Minot State

College for one year be-

fore coming home to farm

in 1954. He started his

farming career by renting

one quarter of land and

continued to farm until

his retirement in 2008.

Erling was united in

marriage to Marlys Marie

Berg on July 1, 1963 at

Immanuel Lutheran

Church in rural Ambrose.

Erling helped to build a

new house and they

raised their four children

on the same farmstead

where he was raised.

The family includes

children, Brad (Jacque-

line), Mary (Mike)

Ehrmantraut, Eileen

(Paul) Dolan Gillund, and

Sheila (Aaron). Erling

was blessed with eight

grandchildren; Nicole and

Jake Dolan; Jason (Ashley)

and Taylor (Lauren)

Ehrmantraut; Josie and

Carson Gillund and

Jocelyn and Cameron

Riebe. Erling also has one

great-grandchild, Rylan


Erling was proud of all

of his family members

and loved when family

was able to make it home.

Marlys and Erling enjoyed

farm life until 2011 when

they moved to a new

house in Crosby. They

continued to keep up the

farmhouse for visits from

children, grandchildren

and other family


Erling was involved in

many activities in the

community over the years

including serving on

several boards. He served

on the Township Board,

the FHA Committee, The

Burke-Divide Electric

Board (27 years total and

25 of those as the

secretary-treasurer). He

also proudly served 15

years on the REC State-

wide Board including 2

years on the Executive

Committee. Erling was

elected as a Trustee of

Concordia Lutheran

Church and signed for the

mortgage when building

the church. Later, he

proudly assisted in burn-

ing the church mortgage.

Erling was was elected to

the church council for

several terms and enjoyed

spending time teaching

Sunday School and was

the Circuit Luther League

president where he spent

time working with Luther

League students. In more

recent years, he enjoyed

working at the Concordia

Lutefisk dinners, going to

Sons of Norway, attending

morning Bible study and

meeting with his morning

coffee group. Erling was a

lifetime member of Con-

cordia Lutheran Church

and was both baptized

and confirmed there.

Erling was preceded in

death by: his parents, As-

lak and Josie; and his si-

blings, Alice, Oscar, Joe,

Stanley and Marie Ann.

Erling is survived by:

his wife Marlys, his four

children and their

spouses, eight grandchil-

dren, one great grandchild

and numerous nieces and


Stakston-Martin Fun-

eral Home of Crosby, ND

is in charge of arrange-