There will be visitation at Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.
The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro, ND.
Interment will be at St. Rose Cemetery, Hillsboro, ND
Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
Erle Kent Sortland 81, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Sanford Hillsboro Care Center under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Erle K. Sortland was born on April 29, 1932 at Litchville, ND to Sam and Gertrude (Kluvers) Sortland. He graduated from Svea High School in 1950 and attended North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, ND. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Philippines Sea CVA47 from 1953-1955 as a boilerman second class. On August 25, 1957 he married Allura Amdal at First Lutheran Church, Valley City, ND.
The family farmed in the Litchville area for 12 years and then moved to Jamestown, ND in 1969 where he worked at the North Dakota State Hospital as the power plant supervisor until his retirement in 1994. He and Allura moved to Hillsboro in 2006. He was an amateur radio operator holding an advanced license. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge #6 in Jamestown and a life member of VFW Post 760.
Erle and Allura raised three children, Tom (deceased), Matt (Pam) Swisher, IA, and Teri (John) Wright of Hillsboro. Also surviving him are grandchildren, Brandon (Allison) Sortland, Mitchell (Monica Thompson) Sortland, Kristin Wright, Rachel Wright, and Nicholas Wright, as well as two sisters, Marcia (Arnold) Strom and Pat Arthur, several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Tom, brothers Jerrold and Robert, and brother-in-law Max Arthur.
Erle’s family thanks the staff of the Sanford Hillsboro Care Center and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the loving, compassionate care provided for Erle.