Our dear son, brother and wonderful friend, Tat, unexpectedly, left this world on July 28, 2021 at the age of 33. Tragically, Tat was involved in an automobile accident.
Tat was born, the second of three children, to Terry (Thompson) and Robert Erredge on December 8, 1987. He was born in Zumbrota and grew up on the family farm. Tat enjoyed music and singing from toddlerhood on. His mom, Terry, said that often Tat would call to her (from his crib) to “turn over the cassette”, he wanted to hear the other side.
Life on the farm was hard work for all, milking cows and doing chores. Always a music lover, as a young boy, Tat started singing in their church, Lands Lutheran Church. This is where Tat was baptized and later confirmed. He sang solo's and was in the youth choir which was led by his sister,Tomine. In middle school, under the encouragement of his mom, Tat sang in the Rochester Boy's Choir . Whenever the family was looking for Tat, they had to use their ears, not eyes, as Tat was always singing.
He attended Zumbrota/ Mazeppa High School, graduating in 2006. His many interests included; art, choir, drama, government and political science. He sang many solo's in High School, and was in many singing competitions. He continued his education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. During college Tat participated in choir, was a decathlete on the track team, an honor student and on the Dean's List. Also, during his college years, Tat taught himself to play the harmonica and guitar. He began writing songs and joined in with other musicians to form a band called,” The Tree's”.
After college, Tat was hired on as an assistant track coach for one year at Luther College. Also, he worked as assistant track coach at Zumbrota/Mazeppa School District. He and some high school buddies formed a new band,” The Unusual Suspects” and “Wine and Whiskey”. In 2013,“Wine and Whiskey” was the opening band for Country music star Trace Adkins at the Goodhue VolksFest. Tat also began to teach guitar lessons to kids at Crossings, in Zumbrota. He worked a few odd jobs here and there , but his heart was at home, on the farm, helping his dad with the many duties of farm life. He worked alongside his dad and grandfather on the 3rd generation dairy farm, for no compensation, other than the freedom and joy he found in working hard for a place to sleep and being home with family. Tat was instrumental in convincing his dad to sell the milk cows, the “27 bitches” and switch to beef cattle, as miking day in and day out was pretty grueling as most farmer's know!
Tat was a simple man, never having a desire to earn more than he needed to get by. He had an amazing singing voice , auditioning for The Voice and American Idol (x2). Tat could play many instruments, guitar and harmonica were by far his favorites, but he also had skill in playing slide guitar, banjo, mandolin and piano. He truly enjoyed bringing his music to backyard gatherings, various bars, weddings, funerals and charity benefits, not for pay necessarily, but for the pure enjoyment of being able to perform. Food and drink was enough “pay” for him. At the time of his passing, Tat was living and working on the family farm, he inherited the beef cattle after his father passed away in 2019. Tat was a lover of playing chess on-line, engaging in philosophical conversations, political debates, mythology, searching for agates and hanging out with Ren, his beloved dog, a black lab mix. Tat nurtured a love for all things that grew.Left to cherish his memory include; mom, Terry Erredge, sister and brother-in-law, Tomine and Chuck Earles, bonus nephew, Cole Earles, brother, Robert Erredge (Shareen Brazil), grandfather, Robert "Bob"Erredge, many aunts and uncles and very special companion, fur buddy, Renegade, "Ren".
He is preceded in death by ; dad, Bob Erredge, Grandparents, Tat and Evie Thompson, Grandmothers, Wilma Erredge and Becky Erredge, Uncle, Steve Thompson and God-Mother, Aunt Sandi Nord.
Blessed be his memory.
The staff at Mahn Family Funeral Home extends their appreciation to the Erredge family for their trust.
Services for Tat will be held at Lands Lutheran Church, 16640 Highway 60 Boulevard, Zumbrota, MN 55992. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 4:00 PM to 8 PM.
A Celebration of Life will beheld at 4:00 PM, Friday, August 6, 2021, with Pastor David Krinke officiating. Friends and family are invited to gather beginning at 3:00. Tate will be laid to rest next to his father, on the S.W. Lot of the cemetery, overlooking the farm. A memorial rock, which Tat found this summer will be placed as a headstone for the Erredge Family.
A light meal will follow the service at the Lands Church Park, Zumbrota, with live music of Tat's band mates. Please join us.
The family wishes to thank the Zumbrota Ambulance and First Responders, Mayo One Flight Team and Goodhue Co. Sheriff, Marty Kelly. Thank you so much for all that you did.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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