Donald Eugene Erickson

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  • Name: Donald Eugene Erickson
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 5, 1955
  • Date of Death: March, 1996 (41 years old)
  • Parents: Milo and Phyllis Erickson
  • High School and Class: Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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    Don was a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He attended Greenway schools in Coleraine, Mnnesota, participating in swimming and basketball.

    Don worked as a carpenter and cement and block mason in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Milo, in 1995. Don is survived by his mother, Phyllis; five sons, Jon, Brandon, Daniel, Michael, and Jason; a brother, Rick Erickson; maternal grandfather, Jay Brough; and his girlfriend, Rita McNeil.

    News article from Grand Rapids Herald Review, dated August,1996:
    "Body found in the woods"
    "A decomposed man's body was found near Trout Lake Township on Wednesday, August 28.
    Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure said the sheriff's department received a call that the human remains of an individual had been found just outside Trout Lake Township just off of County Road 445, north of Feeley.
    Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene to process information. The deceased is identified as Donald Eugene Erickson, 41, of Grand Rapids. He was reported missing by his mother on March 27, 1996.
    An autopsy is being performed by the Itasca County Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death. Medure said at the present time, officials do not suspect foul play."

    Duluth News Tribune article dated August, 1996:
    "Itasca County"
    "Body of Grand Rapids man found"
    "Five months after a rural Grand Rapids man was reported missing, his remains have been found in a wooded area near Trout Lake Township.
    No foul play is suspected in the death of Donald Eugene Erickson, 41, according to the Itasca County Sheriff's Office. The cause likely is natural but may remain a mystery because of the deteriorated condition of the remains, which were found Wednesday.
    "I don't know that we'll ever know, said Itasca County Undersheriff Pat Medure."
    Erickson, an ex-Marine who did independent carpenter and masonry work, was reported missing March 27 by his mother. A county worker found his remains about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in woods near Itasca County Road 445 about 10 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. Erickson had been wearing winter clothes."

    Card of Thanks: "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Pat Medure and the Sheriff's department for their thorough investigation of Don's death. Also Doug Veit for finding and reporting Don's pickup. A special thank you - Pastor Eisele and Rowe Funeral Home for the comforting funeral service. Thank you to the Pallbearers, those who brought food to the house, sent cards, florals, memorials, the Moose 2023 & W.O.T.M. for the lunch after the service. Eternally grateful, The family of Don Erickson"

    Don is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-34-2-7)

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