Dean Erickson

Feb. 19, 1946-Oct. 9, 2020

Dean M. Erickson was

born in Minot, N.D. on

February 19, 1946, to

Nelfred and Gladys Erick-

son of Carpio, North

Dakota. He attended Car-

pio Public School and

later took the train each

week to trade school in

Fargo. Dean was well

known for his strong work

ethic and being a jack of

all trades. He had a great

sense of humor and was

excellent at reading lips

due to his hearing loss.

Later in life he was able to

get a Cochlear implant

which allowed him to

hear better.

Over his career he

worked as a mechanic,

carpenter and a

roughneck on the rigs

during the oil “boom” in

the 1980’s. Early in their

marriage he and his then

wife Joan, ran a small gas

station and restaurant in

Donnybrook, ND. He re-

tired from Terhorst

Manufacturing in Minot,

ND leaving him more time

to do what he loved.

Dean was an avid fish-

erman, hunter and out-

doorsman. He loved being

out on the lake in summer

and ice fishing in the

winter. Dean also enjoyed

riding his

Harley-Davidson motorcy-cle and made several trips

with friends to Sturgis, SD

for the big bike rally there.

One of his favorite drives

was through Spearfish

Canyon, SD.

Dean passed away

peacefully in his sleep on

Friday, October 9th as a

resident of Minot Health

& Rehab. He will be

missed and remembered

dearly by his family and


The family plans to

hold a service in the sum-

mer of 2021 to remember

and celebrate Dean’s life.