Erle Sortland

erle sortland

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.

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  1. Bismarck N.D
    .I was so sorry to read of Earle ‘s death. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you at this time. We enjoyed our time with your family when you where in Jamestown and we were in Marion.

  2. “And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more…” (Revelation 21:4) May this promise from God comfort you during your time of sorrow…

  3. Sorry for your loss. Losing a parent or any family member is always a sad time. Our prayers go to your whole family.

    Val & Kent Krogstad

  4. Jamestown No. Dak.Allura & family,
    Just read the short obituary in the Jamestown Sun about Erle’s death. Sorry to hear that. We remember all the ham radio coffee gatherings we attended in Jamestown with the two of you. Many good times. Erle always had some interesting stories to tell. We’ll be thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers during this time of sorrow.
    Floyd and Bernice Schauer

  5. Teri and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dad. May your loving memories of him bring you joy and may you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering.

    Blessings, Roxanne

  6. East Grand Forks Minnesota

    I am so very sorry to hear that your father has passed. May happy memories of your father comfort you now. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Coworker and friend,

    Jane Beasley

  7. Grand Forks ND
    I did not know Mr. Sortland but I do have the privilege of working with his daughter, Teri. I know how well loved Mr. Sortland was and that tells me how much he will be missed. My condolences to the Sortland family
    Lucy Heintz

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