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Alden "Al" ERICKSON Jr. Al Erickson of Lakewood, WA, peace fully passed away on Monday, Febru ary 2nd, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Al was born on July 12th, 1939, in Tacoma to Alden and Alma (Leed) Erickson. He grew up in grew up in Tacoma before serving two years in the Navy. His 28-year marriage to Marie Barnreiter started in 1965. He graduated from PLU with a degree in education and spent the next 16 years teaching math at Mann Jr High School. He returned to college for his Masters in Accounting and spent the remaining 15 years of his career as a controller before retiring in 2002. Over the years, he also built a thriv ing tax business by word of mouth. He provided honest and thorough work to his clients with a good natured sense of humor that far exceeded the sub ject matter. Al's life long love of music could be found in many aspects of his life. He loved piano as a child, trumpet as a teen, and choir as an adult. He never tired of listening to barbershop quar tets, local musical theater, the Sing ing Christmas Tree, Sound of Music re-runs, or his granddaughter Lauren playing the clarinet. Al was the epitome of a numbers guy who loved facts & figures, Sudoku, and yes even taxes. For many years he carried a pencil behind his ear on the off chance that a number would require his immediate attention. Al loved to travel. His family has fond memories of camping for weeks eve ry summer all around the northwest. Picking cherries in Yakima, crabbing at Fort Flagler, and soak ing up Harrison Hot Springs were among his favorites. He also enjoyed traveling to Europe with his sons on their "trip of a lifetime". Al enjoyed researching, writing about, and collecting tokens. He enjoyed the token community and all of the relationships he built over the years with that terrific group of guys. Al enjoyed playing pool and the camaraderie of several local league teams. He also loved playing Texas Hold'em whether on-line, at the casino, or with his grandson Brian. He was very fond of Fort Steilacoom Park and spent 40 years running, walking, and exploring all over it. Family was very important to Al. He loved family 4th of July, Christmas, and spending time with his sons and grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his children Alden Erickson III of Puyallup and Doug Erickson (Penny Hopkins) of Lakewood and his beloved grandchildren Lauren and Brian Erickson of Pullman. He is also survived by his sister Barb (Ken) Edmonds of Edgewood and many cou sins, nieces, and nephews. Al was a good father, brother, and friend. His kind heart, gentle soul, and playful sense of humor will be missed by all. Services will be held at Mountain View Garden Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Tacoma, WA. Viewing will be on Thursday, Feb 5th from 1:00 p. m. to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral service will be on Friday, Feb 6th at 2:00 p.m. Graveside service and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the charity of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2009
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