Lynn J. Ersland, age 78, of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, March 16, 2021, at his home on Big Birch Lake near Grey Eagle.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating, the Rev. Vince Lieser concelebrating, and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. A family inurnment will be at a later date. 

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-11 a.m. April 10 at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. 

Lynn Jay Ersland was born Jan. 29, 1943, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Jay and Golda (Hobbett) Ersland. He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in Eagle Grove, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with an animal science degree. Lynn was united in marriage to Mary Kay Lane July 9, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Humboldt, Iowa. 

He was employed by Hormel Foods of Austin, his entire management career in the food industry. His profession provided Lynn and Mary Kay the opportunity to relocate many times and amass their large network of good friends. 

He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Lynn was chairman of the St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund committee and a member of the Big Birch Lake Association. Lynn had a passion for being outdoors, travel, food and wine and his church and community. Lynn was quick to share his wonderful wit with all that encountered him. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Kay Ersland of Grey Eagle; children Ann (Scott) Schleisman of Westminster, Colorado, and Christine Homrighausen of Ortonville; four grandchildren Nick and Tyler Schleisman and Ava and Sophia Homrighausen; and brother David (Patty) Ersland of Humboldt, Iowa. 

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents. 

Serving as urn bearers will be Nick and Tyler Schleisman. Cross bearer will be Ava Homrighausen and scripture bearer will be Sophia Homrighausen. Readers will be Emily Rieland and Jean Wocken. Prayers of the Faithful will be read by Meghan Brown, and Words of Remembrance will be read by Scott Schleisman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund, St. Mary’s Church Building Fund or Big Birch Lake Association. 

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.