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Emmaus Lutheran Church
Thursday April 20th, 2017
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Rolan Arthur Erck

Rev. Brian Bucklew
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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my dear donna and family: can't tell you how sorry we feel at rolands passing. you are all in our prayers. i have many wonderful memories of you blessed folks and i thank our Lord Jesus for both of you! may our Lord comfort you and your families, and send you His Peace. All our Love and Hugs, susan and grant and family.

grant/susan patterson and family Apr 21 2017 3:13 AM

Bill and Lisa and Jim and Paula, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I'm truly sorry.

Lisa J. Maguire Apr 20 2017 8:01 PM

I am very sorry to hear about Rolan. I thoroughly enjoyed having him has a patient and enjoyed visiting with him every time he came in. I really appreciated his sense of humor. I know his family was tops with him. Tom Young, Optometrist

Tom Young Apr 20 2017 1:08 AM

Rolan was my classmate. He was a great person to have on ones side. He was appreciated by all.

Emily (Hieb)Bickett Apr 20 2017 12:08 AM

We send our sympothy


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although we did not know Rolan very well we know he had a good full life and was a wonderful role model. Donna, as parents, you can take pride in raising such a great family. His legacy and all of your good memories will continue to live on. Martin/Karen Luebke

Martin Luebke Apr 19 2017 4:31 PM

Bill and family, Pat and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Larry and Pat Olson Apr 19 2017 3:48 PM

Sorry for your loss Jim Paula Ethan Emmerysn our prayers are with you and your families

Ron Maureen Dufek Apr 19 2017 2:53 PM

Donna, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Please know I am lifting you all up in prayer and may your wonderful memories sustain you during the time ahead.

Cheryl Fauth Clem Apr 19 2017 1:38 PM

Thoughts and prayers towards all of you. Keep the wonderful memories of Roland close, you guys did such fun things as a family. Traditions will continue.

Rachel Heisinger Apr 19 2017 8:30 AM

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