Everett Osland, age 65, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Saturday, January 28th, at his home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Pam Thorson officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine, in the spring. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Erskine. Messages of condolence may be shared and live-stream of the service viewed at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Everett Dale Osland was born December 26th, 1957 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to parents Eddie Osland and Tillie (Alexander) Osland, the oldest of their six children. He graduated Erskine high school in 1976. In 1977 he married Rae Ann Edwards of McIntosh. To this marriage they raised 4 daughters.
From a young age Everett loved to stay busy. He raised many animals, liked to fix things and build machinery attachments for his equipment. In the early eighties Everett and Eddie started their own concrete business which they did for several years until Eddies health no longer allowed him to work. After that, Everett went on to road construction where he worked for several road crews as a supervisor. Companies included Strom Construction from Moorhead, Thorsen Construction from Bemidji and Davidsons Construction from Holt. While working road construction he also raised cattle and farmed. He would often come from the construction site to the field as he had several cattle. In 2014 he started Osland Concrete Construction. Everett truly enjoyed working concrete and there was no project too big or small that he wouldn’t take on. Even through Everett’s diagnosis in the spring of 2021 he continued to go out to the job sites and work with his crew when able.
The last 4 years Everett and Rae Ann became snowbirds by spending their winters in Lake Havasu City in Arizona. They have made many new friends with whom they have enjoyed played cards with, going on pontoon rides, and going to dances.
Anyone who knew Everett will remember him as a hard worker, easy going and an all-around great guy. Our family will remember him as a selfless provider, a fighter, a hero and a guy that could always make a joke and laugh harder at it than anyone else.
Everett is a true example of strength and determination. Even through the most difficult days you could still find him working with his concrete crew or on the farm fixing something. He never complained about what life had handed him and never let that get in the way of continuing to live his life. He lived by the motto work hard, play hard.
Beloved husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, and friend Everett Dale Osland’s love of life didn’t come to an end with his death. Everett passed away after a courageous battle with cancer and Everett was surrounded by his Wife and Daughters who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
Everett is survived by his wife Rae Ann of 45 years, Daughters Amanda (Shane) Vettleson of Goodridge, Minnesota, Melissa (Aaron) Chaput of Farmington, Minnesota, Jessica (Erich) Schock of Ashley, North Dakota and Cassandra (Michael) Heide of Fosston, Minnesota. Mother Tillie Osland of Erskine, Sister Lori (Rob) Hole of Erskine, Brothers Robert (Mark Placeres) Osland of San Jose, California, David Osland of Erskine, Gary (Laura) Osland of Tampa Florida and Brian (Kathy) Osland of Erskine. Brothers-in-Law Wayne Edwards of Glasgow, Montana, Roger (Vicky) Edwards of Paola, Kansas. He is also survived by his Grandchildren whom he adored. Logan, Austin, Ethan, Natalie, Presley, Lincoln Dale, Greta, Max Everett, Molly and Laina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Everett is preceded in death by Father Eddie Osland, Father-in-law Duane Edwards, Mother-in-law Loretta Whitaker, Grandparents David and Flora Alexander, Grandparents Eddie and Lois Osland and step-grandmother Caroline Osland, Uncle Miles Osland, Uncle Tim Alexander, Brother-in-law David Edwards, Nephew Joshua Edwards.