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Rolan Arthur Erck

January 18, 1940 — April 16, 2017

Clergy
Rev. Brian Bucklew
Music
Organist ~ Val Schwaderer
Active Casketbearers
Ray Dewald, Glennis Stern, Vernon Kraft,
George Sandhoff, Duane Duba, & Tom Brown
Honorary Casketbearers
Cade Erck, Tyler Erck, Elizabeth Dewald, Emily Erck,
Eathen Erck, Chance Erck, Zach Dewald, & Emersyn Erck
Rolan was born January 18, 1940 to Arthur Erck and Elizabeth (Hofer) Erck in Wagner, SD.  On November 27, 1964, Rolan was united in marriage to Donna J. Voss at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont.  They were married for nearly 53 years and were blessed with four children.  Rolan passed away on April 16, 2017 in Sioux Falls.
Rolan attended Pearly Mound country school and graduated from Tripp High School.  He received an Agriculture degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  In 1960, Rolan began farming alongside his father. Following his father’s death, Rolan continued farming with his brother until 1984. Rolan served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 8 years. 
Rolan started a career with Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL, now Thrivent Financial) in 1984 and retired in 2002.  During his 18 year career, Rolan was nationally recognized repeatedly as a leading District Representative for AAL.
Rolan was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. At his home church of Zion, he was baptized, confirmed, and married. 
Rolan’s love of farming and machinery continued throughout his lifetime. Throughout his retirement, he restored Allis Chalmers tractors and farm equipment while involving his entire family in his hobby.  He was a founding member of the Twin Rivers Old Iron Association in Delmont where he made many good friends.
Grateful for having shared Rolan’s life, is his wife, Donna of Sioux Falls; his children: Londa (Brian) Dewald of Lisle, IL, Bob (Bethany) Erck of Sioux Falls, Bill (Lisa) Erck of Brandon, and Jim (Paula) Erck of Tea. He was also adored and loved by eight grandchildren: Elizabeth and Zach Dewald, Cade and Chance Erck, Tyler and Emily Erck, and Eathen and Emersyn Erck.  He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mabel Voss of Sioux Falls, sister, Carol Quinn of Denver, CO, his brother, John Erck of Mitchell, and many other family and friends.
Rolan was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, William Voss, his brother, Arlan Erck, two infant children and infant grandchildren.
His commitment to his faith, love for his family, and enjoyment of life with dear friends will stay with us all.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Thursday, April 20, 2017

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Emmaus Lutheran Church

400 S Dobson, Tripp, SD 57376

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Emmaus Lutheran Church

400 S Dobson, Tripp, SD 57376

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