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Leland "Lee" Erickson

January 14, 1944 - April 13, 2021

Memorial Service - Saturday

April 17, 2021
- 11:00 AM

Triumph Lutheran Church West Campus, West Fargo, ND

Visitation - Saturday

April 17, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Triumph Lutheran Church West Campus, West Fargo, ND

Interment - Saturday

Riverside Cemetery, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Leland "Lee" Erickson

January 14, 1944 - April 13, 2021


Leland “Lee” Elmer Erickson, 77, West Fargo, ND passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo with his wife by his side.

Lee was born January 14, 1944 in Crookston, MN to Elmer O. and Pearl (Prosser) Erickson. He grew up in Lake Bronson, MN where he attended school. He married Dawn Van Sickle on August 15, 1965 in Zion Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN. Lee graduated from Pharmacy School at NDSU where he was a member of the NDSU ROTC Program. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and served in the Vietnam War.

Following his honorable discharge, Lee and Dawn lived in Mundelein, IL and he worked for a pharmacy in Lake Bluff, IL. In 1975, they moved to Thief River Falls, MN where they spent over 25 years. During that time, he owned J & B Drug and Corner Drug and, after selling the drug store, worked at Thrifty White Drug. In 1999, Lee and Dawn moved to Minot, ND to own and operate the Roughrider Campground and where he worked for Key Care Pharmacy. Lee and Dawn sold the campground and moved to Fargo in 2008. Lee ultimately retired from Thrifty White Drug in Fargo in 2012.

Lee enjoyed going to his property near Karlstad, MN where he could be found hunting, camping, cutting wood, and enjoying the outdoors. After his retirement, Lee and Dawn would go on an RV adventure every spring to a different part of the United States, eventually traveling to 47 states. Their favorite traveling companion was always their beloved dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn, of 55 years, of West Fargo, ND; children Jon (Kathy) Erickson, of West Fargo, ND; Amy (Jason) Evenson of Brooklyn Park, MN; 3 grandchildren Megan Erickson, Amber Erickson and Madeline Evenson; sister Sharon Rhoads of Costa Mesa, CA and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Ken Rhoads.

Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Triumph Lutheran Church West Fargo Campus, with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M. The service will be live streamed on Boulger Funeral Home’s website.

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

Lee’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


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14 responses to “Leland Lee Erickson”

  1. Eric Iverson says:

    What a gem. Rest easy Lee, you will surely be miss. My sympathies to Dawn and Lee’s family.

  2. Bruce & Dianne Wolla says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We have many good memories of times spent with both Lee & Dawn in Minot. He was a special man and I know you will miss him. With our sympathy ~ Bruce & Dianne Wolla

  3. Jan Brandsted says:

    Will always remember your good sense of humor and your leadership in our senior bible study. You will be missed. My sympathy and prayers for courage and peace at this time Dawn.

  4. A. Beth Grandstrand says:

    I will miss calling you & waiting for you to stop for coffeeYour cousin Beth

  5. Shawn Crowser says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. As a kid growing up in Thief River, Mr. Erickson was always very nice to me. He will be missed by many!

  6. Delroy & Sherri Christianson says:

    Dawn, John, Amy and the rest of the family.

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Lee was a great guy and a great friend to my parents. I know he will be missed dearly by many people. I am glad that I got to know him as well!

    Our deepest sympathies to you all.

  7. Susan Scheel says:

    Thanks to Lee and Dawn for serving our country during the Vietnam war.
    Thanks to Lee and Dawn for leading our Senior Bible Study.
    And for the family; In your father’s words and action at church to
    John and Kathy; Meghan and Amber: Amy (Jason); Madeline
    Psalm 78: 1-8. Lee—Well done good and faithful servant of the Lord !

  8. Judy Bondy says:

    Getting to know Lee at our Senior Bible Study was a delight, he will surely be missed.. my deepest sympathy to Dawn and the rest of the family, 🙏 for strength and peace in the days ahead ..

  9. Fred and Marion Dablow says:

    Dawn, Amy, Jon,
    Our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of a wonderful husband and father. We were so shocked when we received the news. May God be beside you today and in the days to come. Treasure all the wonderful memories and God Bless.

  10. Sheryl Prosser says:

    My deepest sympathy to Dawn and family. I spent a lot of time on Pearl and Elmer’s farm as a little girl. Leland was a real positive influence for me in my younger years. Always kind and funny. He will be missed by his family and friends.
    Sheryl Prosser, cousin

  11. Tara Mabry says:

    What a lovely tribute to Uncle Lee. He was a kind man with smiling eyes and a joke ready to be delivered. I’m so sorry that he’s gone. Love and blessings, Tara Mabry

  12. Carolyn and Mel Werth says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Mel and Carolyn Werth🌺

  13. Sharon Fugleberg says:

    Dawn, Jon, Amy. So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. It was a pleasure to know your family. God’s Peace!

  14. Jim & Donna (deceased) Carlson says:

    Dawn, Jon & Amy; So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. I remember the time when we were neighbors at Westwood Ct and business partners at Corner Drug in Thief River Falls. I hope your life memories help you through this sad time.

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