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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Erling Wendell Hodenfield
November 15, 1931 - October 6, 2020

Place of Birth: Champion Township, ND
Residence: Ray, North Dakota
Age: 88

Erling W. Hodenfield, 88, of Ray, ND, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Tioga Medical Center Long Term Care in Tioga, ND.

Erling W. Hodenfield was born November 15, 1931, to Carl M. Hodenfield and Eline (Flaten) Hodenfield in Ray, ND. He passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at the Tioga Long Term Care unit where he has resided since May 2019.

Erling was raised on the family farm northwest of Ray in Champion Township. He attended grade school at the Reinhart School and the Flaten School. He graduated from Ray High School in 1949. He had a music scholarship to attend Minot State which he chose not to use; instead, he decided to help his father and two brother’s farm for most of his career. He was employed at the Farmers Union Oil Company in Ray in the winter months. Dad retired at the age of 52 due to a brain aneurism. In retirement, he spent his time playing cards especially cribbage with family and friends.

At the young age of 5, he started singing for many community activities with his sister, Ardis. His musical talents remained an asset to the surrounding community for another 60 years. The last wedding he sang for was his granddaughter, Louann, in 2007.

He was united in marriage with Charlotte Ann Johnson on January 30, 1955. They were blessed with five children in their 65 years of marriage.

Organizations he was a member of included Ray Squarenaders, North Dakota Farmers Union, and the Williston Elks. He served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the church choir, and was on several church boards over the years along with being on the township board and the Co-op loan committee. He was a member of the Rainbow Valley Lutheran Church and when it closed he became a member at Ray Lutheran.

Erling was preceded in death by his daughter, Jan; parents, Carl and Eline Hodenfield; brother, Curt Hodenfield; brother-in-law, Max Rollefson; in-laws Carl and Helen Johnson; brother-in-law Duane Johnson; sister-in-law Donna Johnson; and great grandson, Samuel Erling Paslawski.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Carla Hodenfield of Ray; sons: Brad (Marilyn Bjornson) Hodenfield of Milbank, SD; Brian (Sandra Erickson) Hodenfield of West Fargo; and Scott (Colleen Olson) of Minot; and 8 grandchildren: Alan (Amy) Hodenfield of Ortonville, MN; Louann (Charlie) Paslawski of Granite Falls, MN; Todd (Chelsea) Hodenfield of Morris, MN; Jacob Hodenfield of West Fargo; Jaden Hodenfield of West Fargo; Cody (Zoe) Hodenfield of Minot; Braden Hodenfield of Minot; and McKenna Hodenfield of Kailua, HI, along with 9 great grandchildren; his sister, Ardis Rollefson of Jackson, WY; brother, Melvin (Dorelee) Hodenfield of Ray, sister-in-law, Lenore Hodenfield of Ray as well as many nieces and nephews.

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Luanna Fisketjon (Hazen, ND)
Oct 7, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Dave and Luanna Fisketjon
Tyrone Langager
Oct 7, 2020
Charlotte: Rita joins me in this method of honoring Erling’s life, Have fond memories of your family and the many contributions the Hodenfield-Johnson union brought to the community. Be at ease.


Darryl & Adrene Hill (Ray, ND)
Oct 7, 2020
Char,Carla,Brad,Brian,Scott& familie, So sorry to hear of Earling passing, keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Anything that we can do help out, please do not hesitate to call.
Julaine Christensen (DOUGLAS, Wyoming)
Oct 7, 2020
Char, I am so sorry, I have so many fun memories of time we four spent together, you and Erling, and Doug and me and all our singing.........I will treasure those memorie forever, love you and am praying your faith and strength will carry you through this sad time.
Deb & Kathy Jacobson (Williston , ND)
Oct 8, 2020
We were so sorry to hear about Erling. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you and your family.
Bernie & Holly Arcand (Rugby, ND)
Oct 8, 2020
Char & Family; Holly & I extend our heartfelt condolences at the loss of Erling. I'm sure he will be missed by many as he was loved by many. Know you are all in our prayers.
Kelly & Debbie (Thom) Miller (Custer, South Dakota)
Oct 9, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May the good Lord shower you all with his blessings and give you peace. So sorry to hear of Erling's passing. Although his journey on earth is complete, just as God's promise life in the eternal kingdom has begun. Treasure the memories, until we meet again.....Love and hugs
Greg Johnson (Williston, ND)
Oct 9, 2020
Charlotte and family
So sorry for your loss. Erving was one of the nicest men I have ever known, he would always take the time to stop and visit with you when he had a chance. I will never forget the time I was on my way to the Hill farm and he was picking rocks on the north side of the Hill farm, he was covering every inch of the field, so I stopped as he was close to the road and asked him what was he trying to do, pick every rock out there? He told me he was upset with his brothers because they made him pick rocks so he said I’m going to pick every damn one of them. He was an awesome guy and going to be missed.
leann binde (BISMARCK, ND)
Oct 9, 2020
Char and family, I am so sorry to hear of Erling's passing. I will always remember his joyful laugh, love of family, and his beautiful singing voice. Sending love and prayers.
Vickie Wanzek (Tioga, North Dakota)
Oct 9, 2020
Char and Family
I'm sending you all my PRAYERS and cyber HUG'S you are all in my Thoughts

Roger and Patty Skarphol
Oct 10, 2020
Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you at this difficult time! We pray that God's loving arms wrap you all in comfort and love.
Gary Salveson
Oct 10, 2020
Charlotte and family. I am so sorry to hear about Erling's passing. It has been several years since I have seen Erling but I have always been very proud to have the the two of you as Godparents. I am pretty sure Mom and Dad have already invited him to their card table. RIP Erling.
Gene Storbakken (Williston, ND)
Oct 10, 2020
Brad and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. May you find peace.
Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
Oct 11, 2020
Char and family, so very sorry to hear of Erling’s passing. He will be missed. Love, hugs and prayers for you all.
Carol Hodnefield Seymour
Oct 11, 2020
So sorry to hear this news. Our sympathies to his family and friends. Erling sang beautifully at our wedding almost 55 years ago. Fond memories of this man.
Randy Muse (Grenora, ND)
Oct 14, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hodenfield family! Brad and I were great competitors back in the legion baseball days!
Duane and Kathy Binde (Williston, ND)
Oct 20, 2020
God bless each of you! Erling was a talented and good neighbor. He made plenty of memories with Harley??. We are sorry for your loss but grateful he lived to be this age. Definitely a life well lived. Duane and Kathy Binde
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