Waldo George Erickson, age 93, of Springfield, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Funeral services for Waldo Erickson will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. The Clergy will be Pastor Carl Seamon. Visitation will be at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
Waldo Erickson was born in Itasca County to Eddie and Constance (Elmgren) Erickson on Sept. 20, 1915. He married Irene Sanders on Feb. 14, 1948 in East St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three brothers, one sister, and a daughter - Linda in childhood. He is survived by a sister, five sons and daughters-in-law: Jim and Nancy of Arlington; Mark and Deb of Donnelly; George and Jan of Springfield; Lee and Gail of Mt. Lake; Bill and Peggy of Blue Earth; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.
He attended high school in Deer River and graduated with high distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1942 just in time to be drafted into the Army for 4 years - entering as a private and discharged as a Major. He was engaged in 5 battle campaigns in Europe from Utah Beach to the Elbe River and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Following service he was employed at Del Monte Corporation as experimental field man and farm foreman. He farmed southeast of Morgan and southeast of Springfield, manufactured a cultivator shield which he invented and patented, worked briefly as an accountant and was disabled 13 years by polyarteritis nodosa. He held offices in Farm Bureau, the Brown Soil and Water Conservation District, the State Corn Picking Contest, served as shop advisor to Burnstown 4-H, and was later volunteer Medicare forms advisor.
He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, served as treasurer and was bookkeeper 15 years, and was instrumental in revising the church constitution.
He wintered 12 years at Coolidge, Ariz., and enjoyed golf, pool, cards, reading, and spending declining years residing at Riverview Cooperative Housing.