Ervin A. Schielke

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October 19, 1935 ~ June 23, 2022

Resided in: West Fargo, ND

Ervin’s memorial service will be livestreamed at 2 PM below

Ervin passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Sanford Hospital Hospice House on Broadway, in Fargo, ND, at the age of 86.

Ervin A. Schielke was born on October 19, 1935, at Tuttle, ND to Ludwig and Marie (Mehrer) Schielke. He attended all 12 years of his schooling at Tuttle, graduating in 1953. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the US Navy where he completed three tours of duty aboard the USS Seminole AKA-104 in the Far East. Ervin enjoyed his service time and often recalled stories of those years. Upon his honorable discharge in October 1957, he was employed by MDU. He began his employment at the Heskett Station at Mandan and was transferred to the Lewis and Clark Station at Sidney, MT in 1958. In August 1979 he was transferred to Coyote Station at Beulah, ND. Ervin ended his 40-year career with MDU all in the Power Production Department with his retirement in December 1997.

On May 11, 1958, he married Viola Kruckenberg at English Lutheran Church in Tuttle, ND. Ervin was a quiet man who listened more than he talked. He was a gentleman and a man of high principles. His faith and family were most important in his life. He was devoted to his wife and children. Ervin always wanted the best for them. Her was a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Beulah and a Life Member of Germans from Russia Heritage Society. His talents were many in photography, art, and woodworking.

His wife, Vi, his daughter, Clarisa Schielke and daughter-in-law Huimin Schielke survive him. Other survivors are his brother, Calvin and Shirley Schielke, his son-in-law Dr. Borys Markewych, four grandchildren, Douglas and David Schielke, Adrian and Daria Markewych, a niece, Shyla Schielke and a nephew, Kenneth Schielke.

He was preceded by his son, Brian on September 2, 2020.

Interment is at the Veteran’s Cemetery, Mandan, ND.

Memorials will be given to the Germans from Russia Heritage Society Foundation Fund or the Zion Lutheran Endowment Fund.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2 PM Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo – with a gathering one hour prior (live streamed on the funeral home website)

BURIAL: will be at a later date at the Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at


Memorial: July 2, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Visitation: July 2, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to Vi and families. Erv was a very quiet man and he listened well.

    Peace be with you all.

    JoyAnn & Larry

  2. Hello Vi and family. Please accept my condolences on the passing of Ervin May his Creator give him peace, joy and a share in his glory! My memories of Ervin and his involvement with the Germans from Russia Heritage Society are still very strong. He was dedicated to its mission. He was also a good man. Peace to you, Vi!

  3. Sending my condolences to Vi and family of Ervin. Ii’ve been thinking about all of you and wondering how everyone was doing, Please let me know when the burial will be at the Veteran’s Cemetery so I can attend.

    Your Cousin Adeline

  4. I watched Ervin’s memorial and was struck by the memories of my life and Ervin’s. I met ErvIn in 1975 at MDU’s Lewis and Clark Station. I had just turned 23 and ErvIn had just turned 40. I was a green as grass engineer and Ervin, as he had done with others before him, mentored us young pups that knew the books but not the equipment. Our relationship continued with both of us being transferred to the new Coyote Station in Beulah. It was said that Ervin was a quiet man, that he was. I would visit him and Vie and the two of us would sit on their back porch enjoying an evening. One time we sat for about an hour without either of us speaking, we just enjoyed each other’s company. Over Ervin’s career with MDU he mentored engineers that later became vice presidents, operation superintendents, and plant managers to name just a few. Not a bad legacy for a quiet man. Rest in peace my friend.

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