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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Dale B. Erickson
November 23, 1929 - October 9, 2021

Place of Birth: Mohall, ND
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 91



Dale Bruce Erickson left us on Saturday morning, October 9, 2021 to be greeted by family and friends eagerly awaiting his arrival on the other side. We shall miss him.
Dale Bruce Erickson was born on a farm near Mohall, North Dakota on November 23, 1929, to Luverna (Porter) and Louis Richard Erickson. His sister Hazel, who was 6 at the time, was sure the doctor brought him in that black bag he carried.
He grew up on the farm, attending school in Mohall through the 8th grade. He opted out of high school to “get on with his life”. He worked for various farmers in the area, eventually getting a job working for a water weller. It was then that he discovered his love for drilling.
On December 10, 1951, Dale entered the United States ARMY. He served as Lead Gunner on the 98th Parallel (front line) on a 155mm Howitzer. He said the barrel of the gun was 22 feet long and could shoot up to 20 miles. It was one of only 11 in existence at that time. He fought in Korea until cease fire was called on July 27, 1953. He was honorably discharged on December 24, 1953. He earned several medals, and was even sent a medal from the President of South Korea, thanking him for doing his part to liberate and save the country of South Korea from communism. Dale had night mares about Korea until the very end.
Upon returning from Korea, he worked seismograph then went to Seattle to work for Boeing Air as a fork lift and crane operator. City life was just not “his can of beer”. He jumped at the chance to come back to the oil field and never regretted his decision.
On Memorial Day of 1959, he met Susan Jane (Susie) Ferch in Circle, Montana. They were married on July 6th, 1959 in Greybull, Wyoming. They tolerated each other for the next 62 plus years. Maybe less, as Dale worked away from home.....a LOT!
Their first 7 years were spent traveling with an oil company. In 1962, they welcomed daughter Darla Dale, born in Sidney, MT and in 1963 son, Guy, (Darol Bruce) was born in New Castle, Wyoming. In 1966 the family increased by three when Susie’s parents died and Dale and Susie were happily granted guardianship of her younger siblings Lawrie Jo Fritz, Ronald Lee Fritz and Robin Ray Fritz. They fit into the family like they had always been there. Later two more babies completed the family, Danny James in 1967 and Kristal Dawn in 1971.
In 1968 the family all moved to Sidney and it has been home ever since. Dale and Susie started their own drilling company in the early 70s. During his life he had many BEST friends, too many to mention by name. But Melvin Stamp and Dennis Swenson were the closest and longest lasting. They were closer than most brothers.
Through the years, Dale was plagued by many health problems. He had many heart stents, by pass and aortic valve replacement. He had prostate cancer, skin cancer, hernias and very bad bunions, terrible arthritis and a heart pace maker. Dale was like that “un-named watch”, he took a lickin’ and kept on tickin’. Near the end, he developed a form of dementia, but even though he had a hard time with names, he could remember every hole he had ever drilled and where each and every one of them was.
Dale is survived by; his wife, Susan Jane; his children, “Guy” Darol Bruce Erickson, Danny James, Erickson, Robin Ray (Cindy) Fritz, Darla Dale (Daniel) Schiff, Kristal Dawn (Joe) Renders, Lawrie Joe (Robert) Meisner; his grandchildren, Danielle Jo (Schiff) Bousquet (Kyle), Dustin Dale (Jennie) Renders, Bradley Joseph (McKyla) Renders, Shane DeRouen, Carmen (Fritz) Sundheim (Eric), Kayla (Fritz) Bridgewaters (Glen), Lindsy (Fritz) Olson (Chris), Derek Fritz, Robert Meisner, Tony Meisner(Tricia); his great grandchildren, “Gobbler Goo 1” Kayden Bousquet, “Gobbler Goo 2” Braxton Bousquet, “Kubodhi” Bodhi Ray, Kaden Sundheim, Karlee Sundheim, Penny Sue Bridgewaters, “Gobbler1” Tucker Olson, “Gobbler 2” Asher Olson, Kyle Meisner, Hunter Meisner, Devyn Meisner, Kacie Meisner, Dakota Meisner, Savanah Meisner, Anthony Meisner, Mason Meisner, and Rylee Meisner; his daughter-in-law, Lori Nicodemus Fritz; and his beloved dog, Daisey Mae.

He was preceded in death by.....just about EVERYONE! LOL Dales son, Ronald Lee Fritz; siblings, Robert (Audrey) Erickson, Roy (Reta) Erickson, Donald (Betty) Erickson, Earl (Raylene) Erickson, Hazel (Olaf) Locken; his beloved pets, Tiger (Goosedog) and Dakota Bird Dawg
Dale had a deep compassion for the less fortunate. So, in lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to your favorite animal rescue, Feed the Children or any charity of your choice, in his memory.
A very special thank you to Dr. Kessler, Marcy, and Jacquie -- You know he loved ya! Thanks, as well to the entire staff at Sidney Health Center, Sidney Cancer Care Center, and staff at The Clinic Pharmacy and Reynold’s Market -- You all held a special place in his heart and we appreciate you all.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to: the animal charity of your choice.

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Lena and Stuart Neer (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 11, 2021
Susie, Krystal and family members,
We are so sorry to hear about Dale passing away. He was a lot of fun and always had a joke or two to tell. May you find comfort in God's words.
Ryan and Jackie Laqua
Oct 11, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the entire family.
Cheri Weidner (Glendive, MT)
Oct 11, 2021
Susie & family I was so sorry to hear this. Dale was such a huge part of my family growing up, as were you all. The thing I remember most was his huge laugh. It made everyone around him want to join in. Prayers and hugs to you my family! He will be missed by many.
Kenny & Shirley Siebenaler (Sidney, MT)
Oct 12, 2021
So very sorry to learn of the loss of Dale; husband, father & grandfather. Our prayers are with you. May God give you His peace and strength to see you through the tough days ahead. Kenny & Shirley Siebenaler
Violet E Tharp (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 12, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time. May you feel the Lord's presence with all the warm wishes for comfort.
Julie Getchell Melby (Williston , ND )
Oct 13, 2021
My condolences to Dale's family, I have many memories of Dale n Dennis Swenson shooting pool , grateful for him for giving me lessons, rack'em up buudy! Fly high!
Deb and Shane DeRouen (Tempe, Arizona)
Oct 13, 2021
We were so sorry to hear the loss of Papa. Our biggest regret will be that we did not make it back to see him in person. Papa was truly "One of a Kind". His heart so big along with his humor and laughter. Please know our hearts are heavy. We know he is now in a good place and in Peace. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Erickson Family. We Love you ALL.
Rob Garza (Billings, MT)
Oct 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss your family is in my prayers.
Carson Varty
Oct 13, 2021
Dale always told me he was the 3rd best driller in the world. Didn't know anyone better than him, but figured in the whole world there would be 2 better than him.lol RIP Dale.
Caroline Bronowski (Sidney , Montana )
Oct 13, 2021
Susie and Family, Sending Our Sympathy and Prayers to All of You! Very Sorry to hear. He was a Man of Great Humor and put a smile on everyone's face. Hugs and Prayers to All of you. Brian and Caroline Bronowski
Mark & Sherry Anderson (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 13, 2021
To Dale family ,may God hold you in his arms ,our thoughts are with you Robin ,Cindy ,Lindsy &family
Chole Crosby (Sidney, MT)
Oct 14, 2021
Danielle and family, I am very sorry for your loss. May our Lord continue to give you strength and encouragement. God Bless.
Tom and Maria (Crane, MT)
Oct 14, 2021
Sad to see one of the finest go to heaven . RIP Digger Dale . I hope your family carry's on your stories .
Danny
Oct 15, 2021
RIP pappa! Love you
Darla Schiff (Sidney , Montana)
Oct 15, 2021
Miss you Papa...Love you to Heaven ad back
Pam Mickelson (Rochester, MN)
Oct 16, 2021
Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Pam
Lyle Harrison MD (Sidney, MT)
Oct 19, 2021
I enjoyed getting to know Dale over the past two decades I always looked forward to our clinic visits in Williston and Sidney Will certainly miss his stories and the laughs we shared. My deepest sympathy to the Erickson family.
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Barry & Nancy VanHook
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To Lindsey, From Your Work Family
The Swenson Family
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