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Harland Erickson

July 7, 1921-March 31, 2008

Former rural Ulen resident Harland H. Erickson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 31, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.

Harland Hanson Erickson was born to Albert and Cora (Hanson) Erickson on July 7, 1921 in rural Rochert. He attended Grand Park Township rural school near Rochert. Harland married Anna Hamernik on June 4, 1944 at Walworth Baptist Church in rural Ulen. They farmed in Walworth Township until retiring and moving to Florida in the early 1970s. They returned to Rochert in 1987, and lived there until Anna's death in 1994. Harland married Helen Ochsner on May 27, 1995 at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. They had made their home in Detroit Lakes since that time.

Harland enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, gardening and traveling, having visited 49 of the 50 states and five Canadian provinces.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Detroit Lakes; a son, Duane (Barbara) Erickson of Ulen; stepsons, Robert (Lynette) Ochsner of Bemidji and Elwood (Terri) Ochsner of Eagan; three grandsons and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife, Anna, Harland was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Karl Erickson; a brother, Leslie; and two sisters, Helen and Laura.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Eric Lemonholm, officiating. Interment will be at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in Walworth Baptist Cemetery, rural Ulen.

Friends may call between 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a 7 p.m. prayer service. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the start of services at the church on Thursday.

There will also be visitation from 2 p.m. Thursday until the time of the interment at Walworth Baptist Church in rural Ulen.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guest book is available at