11/12/1936 - 12/12/12
St. Cloud, MN - Memorial services celebrating the life of Eric Andrew Errickson, age 76 of St. Cloud will be from 3-4 PM Wednesday, December 19th 2012 at the Miller Carlin Funeral Home. There will be a gathering time before the service from 2:30-3PM and a celebration of life visitation held from 4-7PM following the service. Chaplain Steve Kampa from Quiet Oaks Hospice will officiate. Eric passed peacefully in his sleep Wednesday evening at Quiet Oaks Hospice. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
Eric was born November 12th, 1936 to Arthur and Dorothy (Mayden) Errickson in Independence, Kansas. He grew up in Kansas but later moved to Minnesota in 1963. He received his undergraduate degree at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, his Masters Degree in Psychology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and eventually attained his PhD from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill In Therapeutic Recreation. Eric worked at the Hastings State Hospital as the Director of Rehabilitation, and then worked as the Program Director for the Faribault Hospital. Later he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. After his time with the U of M he then took a job as the Director of the Behavior Analysis Program at the Cambridge State Hospital before serving his time in private practice and eventually retiring to Florida in 1997.
Eric was an avid sports fan with a great affinity for golf. He participated in many golf tournaments where he even played internationally. He also had a knack for playing cards where he was well known for his blackjack skill and most recently duplicate bridge. Eric may be best known for his lifelong musical gifts. He was a talented blues and folk singer/songwriter who performed regularly and recorded multiple albums.
Eric is survived by his loving wife Vivian Errickson, Ocala, FL; his children Kurt (Cathlyn Garrett), St. Paul; Heidi (Jon) Errickson-Grahek, Centerville; Art (Kate) Errickson, St. Paul; and his grandchildren Claudia Errickson, Iris Errickson, William Grahek, and Devin Grahek; and his sister Sonja (Jerry) Franklin, Kansas City, KS.
He is preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and Arthur Errickson.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from December 16 to December 17, 2012