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Rev. Harold Erickson

Oct. 10, 1928-July 28, 2010

Rev. Harold A. Erickson, 81, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the Crosby Care Center, with his family at his side.

Pastor Harold was born to Alfred and Alma (Kjeldson) Erickson on October 10, 1928 in Grand Rapids, Minn. He served in the Marines during World War II, being stationed stateside. On June 26, 1959 he married Rosalyn (Rosie) Nelson at Powderhorn Park Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

Pastor Harold was a minister at numerous churches throughout Minnesota, including First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes, Round Prairie Community Church, LaPorte Community Baptist Church, Fosston Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church in Brainerd, and Cushing Baptist. Pastor Harold and Rosie eventually made First Baptist in Baxter their home.

Pastor Harold also ministered at bible camps including Camp Joy in Dent, Lake Branson Baptist Bible Camp and Camp Lebanon Baptist Bible Camp.

Upon his retirement from the church he worked at Walmart for 12 years. Rev. Harold loved to garden, both flowers and vegetables. He enjoyed spending time playing with his kids and grandkids. Together they enjoyed camping, sledding, and swimming.

Rev. Harold will be missed by his wife, Rosalyn "Rosie" Erickson of Brainerd; children, Mark (Rosanne) Erickson of Motley, Marla (Tommy) Hardcastle of Bowling Green, Ky., Marshall (Teresa) Erickson of Aurora, Neb., Marcy (John) Fenske of Owatonna, Minn., and Eddie (Tomasin) Marotske of Dumfries, Va.; grandchildren, Allen, Kyle, Taylor, Travis, Tyler, Katherine, Cassandra, Caleb, Kiersten, Jacob, Peter, Samuel, Joshua, Cobie, Benjamin and Ethan; a brother, Ralph Erickson of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Lois (Harold) Parrill of Denver, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Mary Erickson of Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Kenneth Erickson; sister-in-law, Elsie Erickson; and nephew, Tim Erickson.

Family and friends may gather at Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home on Sunday evening, Aug. 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., to meet with the family, and again on Monday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church in Baxter, with Pastor David Grotzke officiating.

Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post No. 255.