Vernon Ericson, 86, of Watford City, N.D., passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home in Watford City. Vernon was born Oct. 6, 1932, to Oscar Ericson and Edna Ericson (Olstad) in a log house south of Arnegard. He attended Pleasant Hills School south of Arnegard through grade school.
Vernon was a very hardworking man who loved being outdoors and tending to cattle. He began his working career as a young school aged child which gave him the pride and strong work ethic he continued to preserve throughout his adult working career. Vernon worked for various neighbors as a Ranch Hand and Cow Hand upon his graduation. He briefly worked for the Torstenson Coal Mine until his calling returned him to his life of being a Cow Hand. He worked for Art Link from 1954-1955 and at the Lundin Ranch from April of 1956 until his retirement, after 50 years of employment. Vernon also enjoyed listening to old time and gospel music and visiting with friends and sharing memories about the old times over coffee and sweets.
Vernon is survived by his brother, Leslie Ericson; and by his nieces, Angie (Scott) Abbey of Del Valle, Texas, and Hope (Brian) Kovaloff of Mandan, N.D.; his nephews, David (Tammy) Rolla of Williston, N.D., and Conrad (Cherri) Rolla of New Town, N.D.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Carol Rolla; and his brother, Lytle Ericson.
Funeral services were held at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. with burial in Zoar Cemetery, Arnegard, N.D. Pastor John Brady officiated.
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