Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Obituary: Clarence E. Erickson


November 21, 2007

Funeral services for Clarence E. "Swede" Erickson, 78, Lawrence, were Monday, Nov. 19, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial with military honors was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Erickson died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at his daughter's home north of Lawrence.

He was born June 12, 1929, in Lawrence, the son of Clarence and Cecil Smith Erickson. A lifelong resident of Lawrence, he graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1947. He later earned a teaching certificate from Emporia State Teachers' College.

He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the Korean conflict. He was also a member of the Kansas National Guard.

Mr. Erickson worked as a maintenance foreman for Cooperative Farm Chemicals in Lawrence for 15 years. He then taught in the machine shop at Lansing State Penitentiary for four years. He also worked as a manager at Bowersock Power Co. for 13 years. After his formal retirement, he drove school buses for the Laidlaw Co. for 13 years.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Lawrence, a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Alford-Clarke Post 852 and he volunteered with the County Fair Swim Club for 35 years.

He married Betty Denny on Feb. 20, 1950, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Lea Chaffin, Lawrence; two sons, Eric Erickson and A.D. Gaines, both of Lawrence; and five grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Swede Erickson Memorial Fund, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence 66044.

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