Steven Delbert Erickson

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Steven Delbert Erickson, age 67, died peacefully on June 22, 2016 after a long battle with his health. Steve is survived by his sisters Judy (of Juneau) and Kathy (of Dyea), his brother Mike (of Juneau), along with many other loved ones including nieces and nephews as well as his extended family from his late-wife, Jean Jenkins (of Fairbanks). Steve is preceded in death by his parents Delbert "Pete" and Irene Erickson, his sister Sue Hosford and his wife Jean.

Born in Auburn, Washington to Pete and Irene, Steve attended Auburn schools. From a very young age, his passion for the outdoors was evident. He was both an avid hunter and enthusiastic fisherman throughout his life.

In the mid-60's, Steve's family moved to Alaska aboard the M/V Irene E in search for "more elbow room". They settled in Petersburg where he and his family fished commercially, started a construction company and successfully ran Irene's Restaurant.

Shortly after moving to Alaska, Steve was called and served proudly in the United States Army and operated as a gunner during the Vietnam War where he was wounded in action. Steve received a Purple Heart as well as a Combat Infantryman Badge for his sacrifices.

One of his many notable triumphs was Steve's determination to complete his education and receive a diploma after being discharged from the Army. Steve held jobs with Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Marine Highway, while often serving as a deckhand on fishing boats. Steve retired out of the Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator after years of building roads all across Alaska. In the mid 80's Steve met and fell in love with Jean Jenkins. Together they lived in Fairbanks until Jean's untimely passing in 2001.

Steve relocated back to Southeast Alaska, and took residence in Juneau to be close to his mom and siblings. Steve was a loving son, brother and uncle and was a genuine friend to so many. He will be missed dearly.

A celebration of Steve's life took place at the residence of his niece, Desi Tucker, in Renton on Sunday, June 26th. All are encouraged to share memories of Steve here: Thank you.
Published in The Juneau Empire from June 29 to July 29, 2016
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