Dean Erlandson – Dalton

Dean Goodwin Erlandson, 60, a resident of Dalton, died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at his home.
  Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Thursday August 16, 2018 with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.
Services were 2 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Our Savior’s-Ten Mile Lake Church in Dalton with Reverend Matt Zelie officiating. Interment was in Ten Mile Cemetery of rural Dalton.
He was born April 11, 1958 to Goodwin Truman and Edith Othelia (Oak) Erlandson. He attended school in Aastad Township through the 6th grade, then attended Fergus Falls Public School where he graduated in 1976.
  In 1979 he married Wendy Jo Hanson at Our Savior’s-Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church of Dalton. They made their home in Aastad Township and the couple had three children. In 2006 they built their home on Ten Mile Lake in Tumuli Township.
  In his professional life, Dean worked as a farmer, a truck driver, a construction laborer and owned Valley Soft Water with his father.
Nothing gave Dean more joy in his life than his family.  He was relentlessly kind, fair and a very sentimental man. His goodbyes were filled with tender hugs and kisses, and tear-filled eyes. His recent years were spent on the floor playing with his six grandchildren, giving 4-wheeler rides and teaching them how to be his first mates on his pontoon.
He also loved spending time at the lake with his extended family including his exceptional in-laws, Gene and Myrna.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Goody and Tillie Erlandson.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy of Dalton; children, Thea (Jeremy) Ciancanelli of Lakeville, Joanna (Zack) Tysdal of Fergus Falls and Dean Simon Erlandson of Fergus Falls; grandchildren, Sam and Hannah Ciancanelli, Brielle, Ari, Trey and Zeke Tysdal; siblings, Jeff Erlandson of Fergus Falls, Gail Edmunds of Ada and Tony (Patty) Erlandson of Fergus Falls; nephews and nieces, Luke (Shannon) Evavold, Rachel Evavold, Patrick (Danielle) Knutson and Devin Erlandson. Also surviving are his father and mother-in-law, Eugene and Myrna Hanson of Dalton; and sister-in-law, Deirdre (Darin) Evavold of St. Cloud.
Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at