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Lorris A. Erickson

July 11, 1941 ~ October 19, 2018 (age 77)
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Funeral services for Lorris A. Erickson of Roseau will be held on 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 27th at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.  Visitation will be one hour prior and interment will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Military honors provided by the Roseau Memorial Honor Guard.  He passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at the age of 77.

Lorris A Erickson passed away on October 19, 2018 at his farm home in rural Roseau, MN at the age of 77.

Lorris was born in Seattle, WA on July 11, 1941 to Edla (Lingman) and Adolph  C. Erickson. He lived with his parents in Sedro -Woolley WA before moving to Roseau as a young boy. He graduated from Roseau High School in 1960. He served in the US Army before returning to Roseau to start his life-long career in agriculture alongside his father. They were well known for raising Timothy grass and the small grains of the area. He loved his work on the farm, playing an active role alongside his stepson up until the day of his passing. He especially enjoyed the welding and fabrication aspect that comes along with repairing equipment. He met each task with creativity and determination, taking much pride in his work. He was a steward of the land, planting thousands of trees, carving trails, and digging ponds for the wildlife.

Lorris was well known for his pitching in the local fast-pitch softball leagues from his teenage years continuing into his early 60’s. He loved hunting, trapping, and fishing. He enjoyed reloading his own bullets and the ballistics aspect of ammunition. He enjoyed exploring area forests in search of blueberries with family, and on motorcycle or snowmobile with friends, usually traveling well off the beaten path on their adventures. He had a passion for feeding the birds, picking wild asparagus and mushrooms, and gardening. He was a diehard Minnesota sports fan, He will be remembered for his quick-wit, his tricks, puzzles, games and his wonderful sense of humor. Blessed be his memory.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie of Roseau; step-sons, Michael Lee of Fargo, ND and Jerry Lee of Roseau; 6 grandchildren, Preston, Devin, Meaghan, Ashlyn, Madison and Oliver. He is preceded in death by his parents.

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