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Published January 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Martell V. Erickson

Martell passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at his home at Edgewood Vista surrounded by his loving family. Martell was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

Martell was born on October 2, 1926, the son of Theodore and Alma (Ellestad) Erickson near Kindred, ND. He grew up on the family farm and attended Riverside Country School. Martell graduated from Kindred High School in 1944. He was drafted in the United States Army in January of 1946 and received his basic training in Anti Aircraft Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas. He served overseas in Japan in the 3186 Signal Corps Battalion. After his discharge he returned to North Dakota. Martell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce Brun in Fargo on October 17, 1953. They made their home in Kindred until moving to the farm near Kindred in 1955 where they raised their family and farmed with his brother Kenneth. Martell and Joyce retired from farming in 1989 and moved to Fargo in 1993. They had most recently made their home at Edgewood Vista. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Martell V. Erickson

Martell passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at his home at Edgewood Vista surrounded by his loving family. Martell was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

Martell was born on October 2, 1926, the son of Theodore and Alma (Ellestad) Erickson near Kindred, ND. He grew up on the family farm and attended Riverside Country School. Martell graduated from Kindred High School in 1944. He was drafted in the United States Army in January of 1946 and received his basic training in Anti Aircraft Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas. He served overseas in Japan in the 3186 Signal Corps Battalion. After his discharge he returned to North Dakota. Martell was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce Brun in Fargo on October 17, 1953. They made their home in Kindred until moving to the farm near Kindred in 1955 where they raised their family and farmed with his brother Kenneth. Martell and Joyce retired from farming in 1989 and moved to Fargo in 1993. They had most recently made their home at Edgewood Vista. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Martell enjoyed going to the lakes with family and loved ones. He spent his retirement time golfing, playing pool, bowling and playing cards with family and friends. He also enjoyed staying in touch with family and friends through e-mail and the internet.

Martell was baptized and confirmed at Gol Lutheran Church, near Kindred. He remained a devoted and active member of the church, serving in numerous positions. After moving to Fargo, he attended Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo where he maintained his strong relationship with God.

Martell is survived by his wife Joyce of Fargo; his children, Kathie (Lynn) Bingham of Grand Forks, ND; Mark (Sheryl) Erickson of Devils Lake, ND; Sonia (Paul) Galegher of Thompson, ND; and Sheryl (Tom) Newberger of Fargo; his 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Kenneth (Betty) Erickson of Fargo; and Adeline Erickson of West Fargo; many nieces and nephews; and his sisters-in-law, Donna Lenzen of Beulah, ND; and Addie Erickson of Fargo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Archie Erickson, Wallace Erickson, Donald Erickson, and Ione Haugen.

VISITATION: 5-7 PM Friday, January 25, 2013 at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Saturday.

PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Friday at Olivet Lutheran Church

FUNERAL SERVICE: 2:30 PM Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo.

BURIAL: Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fargo.

To view a complete obituary and to sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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