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Passed away peacefully at age 76 in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29th, 2012. He was born July 10, 1936, to wonderful parents, Reinhold and Margaret (McPhee) Ericson in Minneapolis, MN. John graduated from Wayzata High School (Minnesota) in 1954 where he was voted class clown his senior year. He played many sports and loved watching them throughout his life. Before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Arizona State University in 1959, he attended the University of Colorado for one year where he roomed with Robert Redford (not famous yet). Later, at the University of MN, John pledged the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and met the love of his life, Jan Kromer. They married in 1959 in Minneapolis. Three children soon followed with a relocation to Phoenix, AZ in 1970. John and Jan were members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and grew to love the Lord Jesus together. Although John owned restaurants for a time, most of his career life was spent as a recruiter for pharmaceutical companies. Being gifted with his hands, he was an accomplished wood carver & carpenter. He also loved gardening, fishing, cooking, music, and singing. John was easy-going, fun-loving, considerate, and very generous. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by his sister Babby (John Schwarz), son Greg, his daughters Tracy (Jeff Evilsizor), Lynn (Ben Bayko), and 4 granddaughters, Candace, Danielle, Margo Evilsizor, and Sadie Bayko. Services were arranged by Green Acres Mortuary, 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 4, 2012