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Norris Erickson

July 12, 1939-June 3, 2009

Norris N. Erickson, 69, of Rochert, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at MeritCare Palliative Care in Fargo.

Norris Norlan Erickson, known as "Norrie," was born to Nels and Nora (Hoveland) Erickson on July 12, 1939, in Ada, Minn.  He was raised in Twin Valley, along with brothers Leroy and Lyle and sister Edith.  Norris served in the U.S. Army from 1959-63, and was stationed in Germany.

On July 11, 1964, Norris married Sharon Kading in Felton, Minn.  Together, they raised two daughters, Shelly and Nancy, and one son, Mark.

Norris started his career as a dental technician in 1964, at the Welu Dental Lab in Fargo. He worked at the Welu Lab for 17 years.  In 1986, the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Norris continued his career as a dental technician at the Veterans Administration in Dallas.  He retired from the VA in 2004, and moved back to Minnesota, where he established his own business, Norris Erickson Dental Lab.  He continued working until the time of his death.

Norris was happiest when surrounded by friends and family while at the lake.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, riding his motorcycle, going out for Sunday breakfast, playing cards and sharing jokes. His heart was big, his hand always available and his home always open.

Surviving Norris are Sharon Erickson of Fargo; two daughters, Shelly (Tom) Baer of Duluth and Nancy Erickson of Dilworth, Minn.; son, Master Sergeant Mark Erickson of Cabot, Ark.; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild; two brothers, Leroy Erickson of Twin Valley and Lyle (Norma) Erickson of Moorhead; sisters-in-law Karen (Bob) Hogetvedt of Felton, Minn., and Cindy (Mike) Pesola of New York Mills, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Ken (Marie) Kading of Moorhead and Bruce (Cindy) Kading of Detroit Lakes; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins and one very spoiled Lhasa Apso, Princess.

Preceding Norris in death were his parents, Nels and Nora Erickson; sister, Edith Knutson; and an infant brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the family.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m.  Monday, June 8 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services at the church.

Burial will take place at  Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fargo. Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home of Fargo is handling arrangements. Please feel free to sign the online guestbook at