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Liljenwall II, Erik G. V.
Erik Gustav Valdemar Liljenwall, II, 53, of Austin died February 14, 2013. Born October 23, 1959, Erik's great love of family, passionate exuberance for all life offers and generosity towards others inspired so many. He will be profoundly missed.
Preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Gustav Liljenwall and Margaret McDowell Liljenwall, survivors include his wife of 21 years Becky Bostick Liljenwall; four children: Lauren Liljenwall Ludwick (Landon), Malorie Ann Liljenwall, Erik G. V. "Triple" Liljenwall, III and Guy Walker Liljenwall; sisters: Caroline L. Crider (John), Pam L. Imig (Gary), and Linda L. Leissner (Denton); brother Ted H. Liljenwall (Emily); uncle: Robert J. "Bob" Liljenwall; sister-in-laws: Betsy B. Hime (Karl) and Barbara B. Walther (Christopher); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Erik, a native of San Antonio, Texas, developed his hard work ethic by working during the summers for his Dad, known as "Sunshine", at Camp Tire in San Antonio. By the time he reached high school he was known for his love of "fast cars and fast women" (no offense Becky!). Through all these experiences, Erik became a great storyteller.
After graduating from the University of Texas with a BBA in Business and spending a few years in business with his Dad, Erik started in the financial services industry in 1989. Working for a nationally known insurance firm, he made the company's premier performers club his first year and every year following until he was asked to join the company's management team. He ranked among the company's Top 10 Managers nationally and excelled each year as a front-line manager.
In 1994, he left for a better opportunity and became a General Agent for the Guardian Life Insurance Company located in San Antonio, Texas. Soon after, the Financial Process Group (FPG) was started and (with Becky by his side) became one of the fastest growing financial services firms in the United States. Today, FPG headquartered in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio is one of the largest financial services firms in the state of Texas with offices in 10 cities. Erik's numerous awards include the esteemed Master Agency Award and National Management Award - Diamond Class (the highest award) awarded by GAMA; and the National Group Insurance Award and runner-up for the prestigious President's Cup Award based on 2010 performance awarded by Guardian Life.
Erik's professional memberships included AALU, GAMA, NAIFA, and the Field Advisory Board for the Midwest region of Guardian. He has served over six years on the Board of Directors for the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, and is a member of the Austin Country Club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity, University of Texas Club and Life Member of the University of Texas Alumni Association.
The golf course was Erik's "other office" - an activity he pursued vigorously to balance the traveling and hectic work week - a passion he so enjoyed sharing with family and friends. And Erik's talent showed! In 2011 he qualified for the Texas Mid-Amateur Tournament and also celebrated his first "Hole in One".
Erik was so proud of Lauren, Malorie, Triple and Guy as well as their accomplishments. Other pastimes included watching them play sports: soccer, volleyball, baseball, football and golf as well as hunting and fishing, family vacations, grilling in his "outdoor kitchen", relaxing at Rockport, and entertaining others in his home, especially during the holidays.
Erik had an eye for remodeling homes and was an accomplished trim carpenter, but when it came to moving, you would find him on the golf course, with Becky left to do the packing! Most of all, at the end of the day Erik loved simply sharing a glass of wine, listening to his favorite music and relaxing to the sound of the waterfall on his back porch with his beloved Becky.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers at the Heart Hospital of Austin and Hospice Austin's Christopher House, as well as the numerous friends and co-workers who have provided overwhelming support and encouragement during this difficult time.
A memorial service to celebrate Erik's life is planned for Thursday, February 21st at 3:00 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin, Texas, 78731, (512) 476-3523. Honorary Pallbearers: John Boldrick, Dale Cheesman, Chuck Cheever, Joe Clay, John Crider, Karl Hime, Gary Imig, Denton Leissner, Bob Liljenwall, Jack Ranney, Christopher Walther, and Bob Whitlock.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, 1215 Red River, 1st Floor, Austin, Texas 78701, phone: (512) 673.7823, www.lonestarparalysis.org or the
. Arrangements with Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78705, www.wcfish.com, (512) 452-8811. A book of "Erik stories" is being compiled as a lasting tribute to Erik's legacy and Becky invites you to send your memories to email@example.com.
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home
3125 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 452-8811 Fax (512) 452-8902
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Published in Express-News from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013