Albert "Chick" Charles Erickson

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  • Name: Albert "Chick" Charles Erickson
  • Location of Birth: Wendigo, Harris Township, Itasca County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 14, 1932
  • Date of Death: March 4, 2017 (84 years old)
  • Parents: Jacob Erickson and Margaret (Jones) Erickson
  • High School and Class: 1950 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date of Discharge: 1954
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    After graduating in 1950, Albert joined the United States Navy and was proud of serving in the Philippines for two years. Chick was honorably discharged in 1954.

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  • Civilian Life:
    After military service, Chick began working with his father on the family dairy farm, eventually becoming a Driver's Education instructor as well as school bus driver, which he continued to do until retiring at age 80.

    On September 8, 1979, Chick married Ruth Raya at the Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where he was a lifelong member.

    He was the proud father of twins, Aisha and Odin, and honorary father of Nahum and Mary Lou.

    Chick was a dedicated member of FFA, 4H, and the Dairy Farmers Association. He enjoyed volunteering with Meals On Wheels, Elder Circle, and became known as the "Donut-Guy" at the ReNew Store of Habitat for Humanity. He loved travelling and visiting family, as well as sharing his knowledge and gifts with anyone. He will be remembered for being a kind and loving man; a patient and calm driving instructor; and a dedicated husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Richard; and sister, Shirley.

    Chick is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ruth Erickson; son, Odin; daughter, Aisha (Scott) Strickland; brother, Roger; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

    Chick died at Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot 3)

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