Erland John Nord was born on the farm in Goodhue, Minnesota on April 19, 1929, the son the Erland William and Andelia Victoria Nord. He died on January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after a brief illness. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. . .enter into the joy of the Lord.” He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles Nord; a sister, Aileen (Amy) Perkins, and her son, Billy DeWolfe, and brother-in-law James Perkins.
Erland graduated from Goodhue High School and attended Dunwoody College of Technology. He farmed and was good at car and truck repair. He then graduated from Augsburg College and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, and served a number of churches in Canada. A pastor friend remembers him repairing a car engine in the parsonage kitchen, to the horror of the ladies of the congregation. The pastor of the Asian Christian Church, where Erland once served, said, “He was an unforgettable and unique man with a passion for ministry. He would often talk to me on the phone and inquire about the people he knew in the church. I was always amazed that he would remember each family member by name even though he had not seen or talked to them in years.”
Grateful for having shared his life are his brother, Donald Nord and his wife, Nancy, and their children; Jo Nord, Meg (Paul Kaldjian) Nord, Donald (Jessica) Otten, Amy (Dan Whitney) Nord; a sister, Charlotte Ipsen and her children, Avaren Ipsen, Tai (Katie Maxey) Ipsen; and his sister-in-law, Joanne Nord and her children; Craig (Sara) Nord, Andrea (Wayne) Davies, DeeAnn Nord and Bradley (Kristy) Nord; niece Adrienne (Larry Siegel) DeWolfe, and nephew Kevin DeWolfe. Also surviving are many other relatives and friends.
Erland will be buried at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Goodhue, later in the year. Memorial gifts may be designated for missions.