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The Times
  • Richard Allan Erstad

  • Mr. Richard Allan Erstad, 67, of 2145 Burrell Rd., Little Falls, Town of Salisbury, died Sunday morning, June 16, 2013, at his residence, after an extended illness.

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  • Mr. Richard Allan Erstad, 67, of 2145 Burrell Rd., Little Falls, Town of Salisbury, died Sunday morning, June 16, 2013, at his residence, after an extended illness.
    Richard was born on April 16, 1946, in Crookston, Minn., the son of the late Miles G. and Mae M. (Benson) Erstad, and was a high school graduate.
    A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1964 until he was discharged in April 1985 with the rank of Master Sergeant. While serving his country, he earned the following military honors: The Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon with 1 device, Air Force Longevity Services Award Ribbon with 4 devices, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Service Long Tour Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters.
    His marriage to the former Marilyn Schultz took place on April 30, 1988, in Lee Center.
    Rich was first employed by the Sears Company of New Hartford for 12 years and most recently by the Zipp Hardware Store on Main Street, Dolgeville, for 15 years, retiring from there in 2009.
    He was a member of the former Lions Club of Dolgeville and personally enjoyed fishing and his gardens at his residence.
    He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his brothers and their wives, Orville and Marilyn Erstad, of the state of Washington, Gerald and Susan Erstad, of Minnesota, and Donald and Donnela Erstad, of North Dakota; his brother-in-law and his fiancee, Francis Schultz and Mary Jane Loiciano, of Utica; his sisters-in-law, Carol Olson, of Florida, Dolores Mathey, of Whitesboro, and Lois Veazy, of Stanwix; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; also his canine companion, "Bozz". He was predeceased by a nephew, Craig Erstad, in 1964.
    In keeping with his wishes, there are no calling hours or services at this time. They are private at the convenience of the family.
    Memorials may be sent to the S & S Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 441, Salisbury Center, New York 13454.
    A message of sympathy or a remembrance of Richard may be sent to the family at www.robertsandenea.com.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Brian A. Roberts of the Roberts & Enea Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville.
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