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Erroll Ovaldson

March 31, 1951-Jan. 29, 2013

Erroll Anthony "Tony" Ovaldson, 61, of Mahnomen, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his residence in Mahnomen.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Mahnomen, with Father Dwight Hoebereht, OMI, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Marine Corps League of Park Rapids and the White Earth Honor Guard.

Visitation will be begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at the White Earth Community Center, continuing until the time of services on Saturday.

Erroll was born to Elster and Ruby (Chilton) Ovaldson on March 31, 1951 in Mahnomen. He attended school in Twin Valley, and later moved to New Brighton, Minn., graduating from Mounds View High School in 1970. After high school, Erroll enlisted with the U.S. Marines and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, earning the rank of staff sergeant.

Following his honorable discharge, Erroll returned to New Brighton, where he was employed in various jobs including shoe repair, sales and warehouse management. He attended several colleges, which included Alexandria Vo-Tech for marketing and sales, Staples Vo-Tech for heavy equipment operation and Minneapolis Vo-Tech for shoe repair. He also attended UNLV, earning his degree in hotel management.

In 2004, Erroll moved to Mahnomen and was employed at Shooting Star Casino. He retired in 2009 due to health reasons.

Erroll was an outdoor enthusiast. He loved going on camping trips, canoeing and spending time up north in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Erroll was also a gifted leather craftsman.

Surviving Erroll are his wife, Char Lee-Ovaldson of Mahnomen; his mother, Ruby Ovaldson; daughter, Abigail Marie Ovaldson of Blaine, Minn.; stepchildren, Scott

(Moni) Shores of Germany, Kevin Shores of Moorhead, Anthony Lee of St. Paul, Douglas (Sherry) Lee of Frazee, and Alicia Lee of St. Paul; along with 13 grandchildren; one great grandchild; three brothers, Floyd (Jean) of Mahnomen, Earl of Ada and Eric of New Brighton; and four sisters, Donna (Tom) Leibrick of Columbia Heights, Minn., Gay (Rick) Jacobson of Columbia Heights, Bonnie (Larry) Mackowick of Moorhead and Mary (Howard) Hanson of Watertown, Minn.

In addition he is also survived by sister-in-law Yvonne (Rob) Jefferies; brothers-in-law Mike (Shannon Pappenfuss) Goodman of Mahnomen and Joe (Barb) Goodman of Hinckley; and father- and mother-in-law, Kermit and Audrey Rodewald.

Preceding him in death were one brother, Morris; two sisters, Sandra and Laurie Ann; mother-in-law, Esther Goodman; and sister-in-law, Joan (Earl) Ovaldson.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Tributes can be shared online at