Lewiston Tribune, November 8, 2013

Clearwater Tribune, November 14, 2013

Glen Lewis Erickson, 76, Orofino

      Glen Lewis Erickson, 76, Orofino, passed away Oct. 14, 2013, at Kindred Care in Lewiston of bladder cancer.

      He was born Oct. 23, 1936 in Petersburg, NE to Cecil G. and Theresa C. (Maennlein) Erickson. He attended the Cottonwood School in Fraser and later Weippe Schools until joining the Army. He was a Private First Class E-3 and was in the Presidential Guard for President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, DC from June 13, 1958 through April 1, 1960. It was the only time he spent away from home and the only time on a plane. He flew there and then purchased a car and drove home. He also said the President was a nice man.

      Glen married Mary Ann Hayes Dec. 17, 1965 and they were together 43 years before her passing Jan. 20, 2009.

      He worked at Schmidts' Mill and the logged for many small companies. The last was with Larry and Bert Spence from which he retired due to a back injury at 74. He was an excellent timber faller who was know for falling trees exactly where needed to.

      Glen enjoyed anything outdoors. He participated in lots of rodeos in bull riding and roping. He was a member of the Weippe Rodeo Association from its beginning in 1960 until he passed away. He was a caretaker of Fraser Park the two years and loved every minute of it.

      He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Erickson; his mother, Theresa A. Erickson; and his father, Cecil G. Erickson.

      Survivors include: daughters, Dawn Marie Roby, Okanogan, WA, Theresa A. (Jim) Lashly, Orofino; son, Cecil G. Erickson, Orofino; brother, Don Erickson, Coeur d'Alene; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

      Cremation has taken place and a private family viewing was held Oct. 17. There will be a celebration of life in the spring at Fraser Park. The date and time will be announced later. He will be laid to rest along side his wife, Mary Ann, in Fraser Cemetery, later on.

      Pine Hills Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

      My dad, Glen Erickson, was happy living his life on Lower Fords Creek as a retired logger, but still loved the outdoors. He loved horn hunting and would walk the canyons by his place with his dog, Dew and other dog, Sable. He found a few nice sheds. He loved to walk. Most anyone who drove by would see him outside and wave or stop to visit. He will be greatly missed by family, neighbors and friends. He loved his family. All the grandkids loved going to 'Papa's Farm', as it was called, to see baby calves in the spring. He was always offering to help people without expecting anything in return. He took care of his folks place up until he passed as a promise the made to his parents. it is where he grew up. The house is still standing in Fraser. So when he made a promise, he kept it. He was liked and respected by many. I, Theresa his daughter, stayed with him in Spokane for a month following surgery, then wanted to bring him home. I got him close and stayed with him at Lewiston Kindred Care where passed with me right by his side.

Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck, 2014

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