Matthew Arnold Ericksen (1985 - 2014)

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Funeral services for Matthew A. Ericksen, 29, were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brayton Lutheran Church in Brayton. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery west of Brayton. The honorary casket bearers were the staff at the Carroll Health Center and Midwest Opportunities. The casket bearers were Dillon Clemsen, Emmet Clemsen, Robert Ericksen, Branden Ericksen, Michael Lollie, and Curtis Miller. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
Matthew Arnold Ericksen, the son of Martin Arnold and Lisa Ann (Hansen) Ericksen, was born March 2, 1985, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, and died Aug. 5, 2014, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, at the age of 29 years, 5 months, and 3 days.
Matthew was baptized at the Brayton Lutheran Church in Brayton, and confirmed at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. He attended Atlantic Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 2004.
Matthew moved to Oskaloosa, where he was employed at Imagine the Possibilities. Later he moved to New Hope Village in Carroll, and participated in the Adult Day Service Program. Following a series of respiratory issues, Matthew was unable to remain at New Hope Village and became a resident of Midwest Opportunities in Creston. Due to State regulations, he moved to the Harmony House in Waterloo. The past two years he has resided at the Carroll Health Center in Carroll, where he could be closer to his family.
Matthew enjoyed being outdoors, watching NASCAR or a good movie on TV, and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. But most of all he enjoyed being with his family and friends. The family is very appreciative for the exemplary care and support given to them and to Matthew at the Carroll Health Center, the Harmony House, and Midwest Opportunities.
Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Arthur and Annabelle Hansen; his paternal grandmother Sandra Ericksen; and his uncles Kenneth Ericksen and Dale Ericksen.
Survivors include his parents Marty and Lisa Ericksen; his sister Courtney Ericksen all of Audubon; his grandfather Eldon Ericksen of Lewis; his uncles Randy Hansen of Exira, Roger and Deb Ericksen of Lewis, Doug and Sandee Ericksen of Harlan, Mark and Teresa Ericksen of Atlantic, his aunt Vicky Ericksen of Kimballton; cousins, other relatives and friends.
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Kessler's Exira Funeral Home
234 W South St
Exira, IA 50076
(712) 268-2662
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, 2014