Lois Lorena Colebank was born August 3, 1916 in Madelia,
Minnesota to Frank and Nellie McLaughlin Colebank.  Lois
grew up in the town of Madelia where she graduated from
Madelia High in 1934. Lois married her first husband, Ralph
W Hicks in 1943. Ralph died the following year so their
daughter Vikki Hicks never knew her dad.
Lois met her second husband Lawrence Earl Erwin at a
party. He was working in Madelia laying concrete on Main
Street. They were married July 24, 1957 by a Methodist
minister in a small town in Nebraska where Lawrence was
working. Lois’s daughter Vikki was 13. This was the second
marriage for both the bride and groom. Lawrence was
formerly married to Betty Roland.
Lawrence Earl Erwin (known as Earl) was born October 28,
1921 in Adel, Iowa, to Virgil and Cora Hudson Erwin. Earl
grew up in Adel where he attended grade school. He served
in Company L, 71st Regiment, 144th Division of the Army in
Europe during WWII.
Lois and Earl lived in Fairmont, Minnesota for 14 years, then
moved to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota where they lived for 15
years. In 1987 they moved to Rockaway Beach, Missouri
where Earl was a heavy equipment operator on road
building projects. He also worked as a dredge operator on
lakes for 12 years.
Earl and Lois participated in activities of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars and the Eagles. They attended the
Presbyterian Church where Lois taught Sunday School.
Their enjoyments were fishing, camping, football games and
picnics.
Earl passed away on July 16, 1994 in Rockaway Beach,
Missouri.  Lois was living with her daughter Vikki in Fairmont
when she died on January 28, 2002.

The child of Lois and Ralph Hicks is:

Vikki Hicks – born June 24, 1944 in Bakersfield, California.
She married Edward Langford and they reside in Fairmont,
Minnesota. They have four children.

The child of Lois and Earl is:

Steven Earl Erwin – born April 8, 1958 in Mankato,
Minnesota. He married Kardi Riederer and they reside in
Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.

Copied with permission from “From Whence Came the
Colebanks” by Warren Colebank, copytight 1989, p. 217
PETER COLEBANK, father of
JAMES COALBANK, father of
JAMES D COLEBANK, father of
ELLET COLEBANK, father of
FRANK COLEBANK, father of

LOIS LORENA COLEBANK
HICKS ERWIN
Lois holding daughter Vikki, 1944
Siblings Lloyd, Lois and Donald
Colebank
Lois