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Roland ‘Rollie’ Erickson, 86

Roland “Rollie” William Erickson, age 86, of Dassel, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Dassel, the son of Oscar and Annie (Isaacson) Erickson. Rollie grew up on the family farm.

He was baptized and then confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel by C.D. Anderson June 5, 1938, and was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Rollie worked for many years on his farm raising crops, milking cows, and farming his land.

His love was music; he could play numerous instruments and had played with the likes of the Ivan Kahle Band, Wally Pikal Band, Bruce Bradley, and Lester and Jerry Schuft, along with numerous others. In 1968, Rollie played for Hubert H. Humphrey’s election party; this was one of his most treasured memories.

Rollie also enjoyed spending time with his friends, playing music and celebrating holidays. He was a lifetime member of the Twin Cities Music Union.

Rollie never missed a bloodmobile drive and had donated blood until he entered the nursing home in 2005.

He will deeply be missed by his family and friends.

Rollie is survived by his special friend, Hazel McCarty of Dassel; nephew Bradley Mattson of Minneapolis; niece Winifred Tevevough of Phoenix, AZ; and great nieces and nephews, Darin Mattson, Spencer Mattson, Virginia Mattson, and Marcy Salzer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lillian Mattson; and a brother, Delmer Erickson.

The funeral service took place Friday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Music was provided by organist, Florine Osness and soloist, Sheldon Hedin, who sang “The King Is Coming” and “Beautiful Savior.” Congregational hymns were “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” Interment followed at the Dassel Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday evening, May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers were Clifford Johnson, Stuart Johnson, Dennis Isaacson, John Isaacson, Dale Isaacson, and John Nyman.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.