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Gordon E. Erickson Aug. 8, 1929 - May 12, 2009

GRANITE FALLS -- Gordon Edwin Erickson, 79, of Granite Falls, died Tuesday at his home.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Stony Run Township, Yellow Medicine County, to Edward and Cora (Sander) Erickson. He served during the Korean War as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.

He married Gretchen Stelter on Dec. 1, 1957, in Island Lake Township, Lyon County. He farmed for many years south of Granite Falls. As a young man, he assisted in the construction of the Granite Falls Lutheran Church where he was a member and served as a trustee. He was also on the board of directors of Equity Elevator and Trading Company, the SWCD board and was a member of the Granite Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his children: Debra (and Dan) Barter of Buffalo, JoAnn Erickson of Albert Lea, Darlene (and Jim) Erickson, Dwayne (and Connie) Erickson and Patricia (and Greg) Massmann, all of Granite Falls; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003.