The Independent

Donald D. Erck 1931 – 2018

Donald D. Erck, 86, passed away on May 3, in Albuquerque as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Donald was born in Esmond, N.D. on June 26, 1931 to Conrad and Regarda Erck. Donald, who went by Don, spent his early life on a farm. He move to Minot, N.D. in the 1950s and started working on drilling water wells and soon started Erck Well Drilling, Inc. He had four children with his former spouse, Alma. They ran the business together until 1977 when their son Keith took over operations. Don later moved to N.M. where he has spent the last 35 years enjoying a busy life surrounded by friends and family. He loevd to dance and travel. There was never a problem he faced that he didn’t look for a solution and enjoyed inventing and building things himself. He always stayed busy and has spent the last part of his life with his loving companion of 18 years Connie Edwards. Her family welcomed him and he enjoyed being included in their milestones. Don Erck is preceded in death by his parents; his bothers, Oscar Erck, Nick Erck and Edward Erck; sisters, Rose Decker, Darlene Swank, Edith Haberstrah and Alice Olson. Don is survived by his sons and daughters in law; Gaylen and Vickie Erck, Keith and Laura Erck of Minot, N.D. and Don A. Erck of Lake Forest, Calif.; Daughter and sons in law, Glenda and Paul Haider of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers, Leo Erck of Sun City, Nev. and Raymond Erck of Los Lunas; sisters Jane Burkhart of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Beatta Gasparre of Las Vegas, Nev. Don was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Jocylene Boes, Leslie Knutson, Jeffrey Erck, Nichole Kempf, Michelle Haider, Melissa Haider and Brandon Erck and 4 great grandchildren, Quinn Knutson, Marcus Knutson, Kayin Kempf and Kenzie Kempf. A Rosary is to be recided May 18, 2018 at 9a.m. at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty, with the Celebration of Mass to follow at 10a.m. Father Lancaster to officiate. Interment will be at the Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetary in Moriarty.