Lawrence A. Erickson

Erickson, Lawrence A.
Apr 2, 1924 - Apr 19, 2014

Maj. Lawrence Albert Erickson (ret.) passed away on April 19, 2014, at Immanual Lutheran Hospital in Omaha. Born April 2, 1924 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Albert and Adeline Lawrence Erickson. He lived in Kenosha until enlisting in the Navy in 1943. After World War II, Larry entered Monroe College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated with his Doctor of Optometry in 1949. Larry then enlisted in the Air Force. After OCS, he completed Advanced Pilot Training and became a flight instructor. Besides flying bombers in Korea, Larry flew test sand reconnaissance aircraft including Canberras. He was the Commander of Air Force Recruiting in Omaha for 5 years and then was transferred to Fuchu, Japan where he was the Commander of the 5th Air Force, Support Squadron. He retired from the military in 1970 after a 25-year career. He had a second career of 18 years with Organon Pharmaceutical Company as a sale representative. On July 14, 1955 Larry married Setsuko Nishio of Nagoya, Japan in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. They enjoyed 59 years in a loving and wonderful marriage. Larry was an active member of the Retired Officers' Association. Besides spending time with his family, Larry loved fine automobiles, swimming and golf. Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Linda Walker and her husband Robert of Ware Neck, Virginia, Debora Reed and her husband Richard of Joplin, Missouri; a sister Lynn Nevers and her husband Jack of Salem, Oregon; and 3 grandchildren, Eric Reed and his wife Chastity of Phoenix, Arizona, Timothy Reed and his wife Sara of Washington D.C. and Stephanie Reed of Los Angeles, California; and 4 great grandchildren, Logan, Isaac, Lydia and Lucy.
MEMORIAL SERVICE Saturday 1pm at Roeder Mortuary 108th Street Chapel. NO VISITATION. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Military Officers Association Heartland of America Chapter. Military Honors by Offutt Air Force Honor Guard. ROEDER MORTUARY - 108th St. Chapel
2727 North 108th St. 402-496-9000


Published in Omaha World-Herald from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2014