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Obituary: Donald Erickson

Donald Erickson,

Moorhead, Minn.

Donald Erickson, 88, passed away on July 5, 2023, in Moorhead, Minn.

Services for will be held on August 18, at 10:30 a.m. Will be at Grace Lutheran Church in Sheyenne, N.D. Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Sheyenne, N.D.

Donald Erickson was born on September 16, 1934 in Bismarck, N.D., to Melvin and Edna (Hallsten) Erickson.

Donald graduated from Sheyenne High School in 1952 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from UND in History in 1959. He started his career as a farmer and went on to work for over 40 years north of Sheyenne, N.D.

Donald married his first wife Deanna Smith on June 28, 1979 in Sheyenne, N.D. The couple had one child, Carissa Dawn.

In 1998, he married Carol Lies of New Rockford. She passed away in June 2005.

Donald was best known for his love for farming, served on many boards in the Sheyenne community and enjoyed traveling all over the world. He also enjoyed playing piano and singing to his friends and family.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Carissa (Darin) Engstrom, Moorhead, Minn .; grandchildren, Olivia (age 9) and Carter (age 5); one niece and five nephews; and one special cousin and best friend, Robert Cook; six stepchildren, Chris (Bobbi) Bichler and family, Rick (Nikki) Lies and family, Joel (Tammi) Lies and family, Patrick (Denise) Lies and family, Morgan (Lynnae) Lies and family, and Melanie (Jeff) Romanoski and family.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mayo and sister-in-law Elaine Erickson, his sister Jean and brother-in-law Pat Barclay, his niece Barbara Barclay, his wife Carol, and several aunts and uncles, as well as cousins.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook at