David L. Erie passed away on June 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 82.
David L. Erie passed away on June 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 82. He had recently moved from Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri to Atlanta to be closer to his son, Nathan. Dave was born on October 28, 1935 in Clarkfield, Minnesota, the youngest son of Oscar and Alice Erie. The Erie family later moved to Marshall, Minnesota, where Dave graduated from high school. He continued his education at both Augustana University in Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, before being drafted into the U.S. Army. Prior to his departure, he married Carolyn (Connie) P. Erie on October 31, 1958. Dave spent most of his working career with the International Harvester Company, first as a sales representative and then for twenty-five years as a successful IH dealer in Redfield, South Dakota. Dave was happiest when he was selling and prided himself on building good business relationships with all the farmers in the area around Redfield. He was highly respected by those he worked with and who worked for him. Dave sold his machinery business in 1991 and he and Connie retired to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Dave had many different interests. He enjoyed music and was an accomplished drummer in high school as well as in the Army, even playing with local bands into adulthood. He was also a licensed pilot and owned several airplanes over the years. He loved to fly his own plane. He loved reading and working in the yard. Connie and Dave also enjoyed owning a summer home on Gull Lake in northern Minnesota before retiring to Lake of the Ozarks. Dave's wife Connie preceded him in death in 2008, shortly before their 50th wedding anniversary. Also preceding him were his father and mother as well as four other siblings; sisters Elowine, Anita, and Nona, and a brother Dennis. Surviving him are his four sons; David Brian of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Daniel of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Andrew of Austin, Texas, and Nathan of Atlanta, Georgia, a sister in law Barbara Erie, of Mankato, Minnesota, a sister in law Patricia Rye, of Mena, Arkansas, many nieces and nephews, and a very special friend and companion, Mary Clapham of Osage Beach, Missouri, who was very devoted to him in his battle with cancer. Memorials may be sent to Hope House, Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark, Missouri, or Dogwood Animal Shelter in Camdenton, Missouri. A private family memorial service will be held at a later time at Lake of the Ozarks. Funeral arrangements under the care of Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia.