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1929 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Albert W. Erickson Obituary
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May 22, 2018

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October 21, 2017
I knew Al for many years, going back to when I was a student at the University of Idaho (in the early 1970's. Later on, I worked with Al on grizzly bears in the Cabinet Mountains of Montana. Al was one of the most unique characters I've ever known. There was never a dull moment with Al. His energy exuded his being and there was no such thing as idle time with him. His stamina was amazing and must have been partly genetic. He would climb up and down the very rugged Cabinet Mountains leaving us 20 something year old kids in his wake. It doesn't surpass me that he was a world class decathlon champion in his mid-70's.

Al was a friend and we kept in touch until just before his death. He always welcomed friends and strangers alike. He had an outgoing personality that allowed him to talk to anyone - and he often did. Anytime he was about he was talking with everyone around him, with that infectious smile that dropped people's guard at a glance.

In the biology field, Al could be controversial, but I found him to be one of the most knowledgeable biologists I ever worked with. He worked all over the world and always was pounding the ground with his unending energy and stamina. He was like no other biologist I ever met. His conservative leanings sometimes put him at odds with his more liberal peers, but I found this aspect of Al just another of his remarkable strengths. He was a renowned hunter and held big game records for several species including Alaskan moose. His hunting yarns were beyond pale.

Al, I'll miss you, my friend. Sorry for this late reply. Al would understand. I thought you would live forever. Cheers, Bill Ruediger, Missoula, Montana.
November 30, 2013
My husband and I met Al about 11 years ago when he was raising beef cattle on pasture (how weird is that!). I had the privilege of helping him market his beef for several years after that and got to know this person whom, it seems, you couldn't hold down.

Several years ago, when he competed in the decathlon in Seattle, my family got to watch him jump hurdles and pole vault. He was an amazing man.
November 21, 2013
Dr. Erickson was a keen observer and lively conversationalist. He was never at a loss for words. I'm disappointed he didn't reach the longevity goal he once shared . . . I recall it was well over 100. I know his friends and neighbors will sorely miss Al.
November 12, 2013
The Marines and Corpsmen of the Pierce County Detachment #504 Marine Corps League, Share in Your Loss. Rest in Peace Marine, Semper Fi!