ESCANABA - Robert M. Erickson Sr., 86, of 1507 10th. Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. He was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Gladstone, Mich. (Buckeye area) and was the son of Ted and Anna Erickson Sr.
After graduation of high school in 1946 Bob served in the U.S. Air Force, being stationed in France, Alaska and stateside. He retired as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force on July 1, 1976. Bob started working as a butcher apprentice at the Gladstone Co-op store when he was 14 years old. That training led to his being an instructor of butchery in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. After he was discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Bob worked part time at Norm's Grocery and Southside Market in Escanaba. His primary employment was at Mead Paper Company, retiring in December of 1990 as a roll wrapper.
Bob married his childhood friend, the former Betty Johnson, on April 6, 1950. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, a founding member of the Kennedy School and served as president of ARC (an advocacy group for handicapped citizens).
Robert M. Erickson Sr.
Robert M. Erickson Sr. is survived by: wife, Betty; daughters, Beatrice and Barbara Erickson of Escanaba; son, Robert M. (Connie) Erickson Jr. of Yuma, Ariz.; grandson, Robbie (Dawn) Erickson of Baltimore, Md.; great-grandson, Noah Erickson.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sister, Thelma Connor; three brothers, Richard, Marvin and Ted, Jr. Erickson; grandson, Nathaniel Erickson.
Private family visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veteran's Council services will be conducted at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Private family funeral services celebrating the life of Robert M. Erickson will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Emmett Norden officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Lake State Industries.
Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home.
The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.