Dennis (Denny) Erchul


Dennis (Denny) Erchul, aged 83 of Duluth, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 3rd.

Denny was born in Tower, MN in 1937 and was raised in Soudan, MN. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the area with his four brothers, especially while living on Fourmile Lake just outside of Soudan. He graduated from Tower High School in 1955, then enlisted in the Army in 1959 during which time he was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1962.

Upon returning to the Iron Range, Denny married the love of his life, Helen Mesojedec, in 1963. This union produced five children who survive him; Ed (Kathleen Vertin), Joe (Lynette Dalbec), RoJean Flaherty, Kim (Steve) Olson and Jennifer (Steve) Delich,  along with eight grandchildren.

After marriage, Denny and Helen relocated to Duluth, where he was employed at Northern City National Bank then Fond du Luth casino until retiring in 1996. Much of Denny’s time was spent enjoying their cabin on Eagles Nest Lake surrounded by friends and family. He also shared his musical talents by acting as a church organist at several churches and as an active member of the Singing Slovenes, whose members became close friends of the family.

Denny leaves behind a long list of friends and family who will sorely miss his presence. The family has been touched by the outpouring of love shown by those who were informed of his untimely passing. We sincerely appreciate the words and stories which have been shared in this difficult time.

Denny is preceded in death by his father and mother (Joseph and Mary Erchul), and is survived by his four brothers, his wife, five children and eight grandchildren.

Due to Covid, the funeral will be held in the Spring at St. Martin’s Church in Tower, MN.

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