Nat Eugene Erckenbrack – Wadena Pioneer Journal


Nat Eugene Erckenbrack was born on April 4, 1948 in Wadena, Minnesota. He was the eldest of 10 children born to Cleon and Phyllis Erckenbrack (née Utermarck). Nat died on June 11, 2022 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana at the age of 74.

He graduated from Wadena High School in 1967, where he enjoyed playing football, and was a successful Golden Gloves boxer. After high school, he was drafted into the US Army. After graduating from basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington, he was posted to Chu Lai, Vietnam in April 1969, where he served with G Battery, 55th Artillery, U.S. Division. He returned to the United States in March 1970 and moved to Red Lodge, Montana in 1974, where he worked for many years as a carpenter. Nat enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his father Cleon, his mother Phyllis, his sister Becky and his brother Danny. He is survived by his brothers Bruce, James and Patrick, his sisters Barbara, Robin, Kim and Debbie, and his children Sam, Jake and Sophie, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his beloved dog. , Maggie.

A memorial service will be held July 16 from 1-3 p.m. at 215 1st St NW, Wadena at the home of Kim & Henry Roggenkamp.


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