ESCANABA - John T. Erickson, 71, passed away unexpectedly on April 19, 2013, after a short-lived battle with a lung disease. John was born on July 29, 1941, in Escanaba, Mich. He served his country in the military for two years and received an honorable discharge in 1962. He worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 30 years as a switchman. John married his beloved wife and best friend, Judy Erickson (Cook), on June 6, 1964. They had two beautiful girls, Lisa (Snyder) and Jodi (Garcia).