Clifton Everett Erickson, 85, of Deer River, Minn., died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at home with his family.
Visitation with a rosary service was March 12, in Carroll Funeral Homer, Deer River. A military funeral service was held March 13, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Deer River. Father Bruce Engen and Father Eamonn Boland officiated. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River Township.
Erickson was born June 3, 1914, in Deer River, to Ed and Constance Erickson. He married Anna (Ann) Leone Davis, July 6, 1940, in Deer River, where they resided most of their lives. Erickson worked as a farmer, miner, heavy equipment operator and school custodian before being employed by Veterans of Foreign Wars 2720, where he spent many hours sharing philosophies on life with friends and family.
He served in the Merchant Marines and Deer River Vets Honor Guard. He was a member of the American Legion, Sportsman's Club and volunteered for numerous community activities.
Erickson was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Arnold and Clarence; sister Ellyne Cates; and daughter Sharon.
Survivors include his wife, Ann; son Larry Erickson, and son and daughter-in-law Ed and Phyllis Erickson of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Don Masterson of Spring Lake Park, Minn.; daughter and son-in-law Connie and Ray Erola of Hermantown, Minn.; daughter Gayle Erickson of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law Anita and Wayne Thompson of Fairbanks; daughter Sandie Erickson of Grand Rapids, Minn.; daughter and son-in-law Adriane and Dale Benham of Deer River; brother and sister-in-law Waldo and Irene Erickson of Springfield, Minn.; sister and brother-in-law Edith and Charles Shock of Deer River; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
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