Walter R. Erickson age 95, of Arlington, died Wednesday, April 18, at Sibley Medical Center, Arlington, MN. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 P.M. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington. Visitation will be from 11 A.M. until service time Tuesday at the church. Rev. Wayne Swanson will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday, April 26, at Harris Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MN. Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is handling the arrangements.
Walter Richard Erickson was born on June 1, 1916, to Chris and Anna (Leidenberg) Erickson in Grand Rapids, MN. He was a 1934 graduate of Grand Rapids High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture.
Walter was united in marriage to Enid Demarais on June 21, 1941 in Bovey, MN. After their marriage they lived in Milaca, where Walter was an Agriculture teacher. Soon they moved to Little Falls, where Walter worked for the Farm Security Administration. The family then moved to Watertown, where Walter resumed teaching Agriculture. Walter continued to teach Agriculture, one year at Floodwood, and one year at Grand Rapids. In 1945, Walter started the Arrowhead Canning Company. In 1965, the family moved to Arlington, MN. Walter started working as a salesman for Blenda Life and drove special needs children to Minneapolis for schooling. Walter and Enid spent their winters in Las Vegas from 1979 until Enid’s death September 1, 1994. Through Walter’s sister Mildred, he met Isora Iverson, and they were married October 7, 1995. They also spent their winters in Las Vegas, and lived in Minneapolis, Chisago City, Burnsville, Apple Valley, and Prior Lake. Isora passed away June 27, 2008.
Walter had always enjoyed creative writing, contributing to the Apple Valley Villa Informer, and the McKenna Crossing monthly newsletters. He was also working on his memoirs, and sent out special Christmas letters each year.
Walter is survived by his children, Estid (Vern) Herting of Andover, Christopher (Barbara) Erickson of North Las Vegas NV, Obbie (Gary) Harvieux of Woodbury, W. Roland Erickson of Hibbing, Leland (Laurinda) Erickson of Longview TX, Mark (Jill) Erickson of Marshall, and Curtiss (Marge) Erickson of Arlington, 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Enid and Isora, daughter Orpha Lee, daughter-in-law Dawn, four brothers and four sisters.