John Edward Erickson (1933 - 2018)

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John Edward Erickson passed away peacefully at his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Jan. 14, 2018, at the age of 84 years, and was laid to rest on Jan. 20, 2018, at the Tok Cemetery in Tok, Alaska.
John was born in July 1933 to Edward and Elsie Erickson of Garibaldi, Ore. A longtime resident of Alaska for 64 years, John worked in the Ketchikan Pulp Mill and the White Alice Distant Early Warning System before his retirement from Alascom in Tok. John was a Master Guide and Outfitter, charter fisherman, dog musher, trap shooter, snow machine and river boat racer, lifetime member of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo #4, and the Fairbanks Elks Club. Dad will be remembered for colorful storytelling, being a Boone and Crockett record holder, playing cards, reading, his many dog mushing trophies, his ability to fix almost anything, his advocacy for Alaska's wild places, sharing his knowledge of Alaska history and wildlife, his life-long friendships within the villages of the Upper Tanana and being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, to whom he was married for 67 years; sons, Eric, Jon, Chris (Chantha), Pete (Vicky) and Arne (Susan); and daughter, Janet (Dennis); and his 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Carol Williams; and nephews, Steve, Mike and Brian Williams.
John loved his rescued German shepherd, Athena, and would be pleased with any donations made to a local non-profit animal rescue organization in his memory.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2018
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