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John Gerhard ERICKSON

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Age 95 ~ Of Stillwater, Minnesota Died peacefully on December 8, 2012 John was born in Northfield, Minnesota on July 14, 1917 to Peter G. and Josephine (Peterson) Erickson. His family moved to Minneapolis in the 20's then to St. Louis Park, Minnesota where John graduated from high school in 1934. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from St. Olaf College, his Master's Degree from North Dakota State, and his PhD in organic chemistry from the University in of Minnesota in 1945. He worked as a research chemist at American Cyanamid Company in Connecticut, at General Mills in Minneapolis, his final 23 years before retirement at 3M Company. He married Elizabeth Barnes in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1954 and in 1957 they moved to Stillwater, Minnesota. In 2000 they moved to Boutwells Landing Retirement Community. John was a true scholar and man of great integrity. He was a conservationist, linguist, genealogist, bird watcher, and world traveler. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul & Edward; sister, Katherine; son, Rolf, son in law, Dick Staub and grandson, Matthew Schmolke. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Peter; daughters, Julia Schmolke (Tim), Torre Valley (Tim); eleven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister, Gudrun de Laubenfels and brother, Richard. There will be a Memorial Service at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension 215 North 4th Street Stillwater, Minnesota at 1:00 PM Saturday December 15, 2012 followed by a reception in the parish hall. Private interment at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, Minnesota. www.cullencreafuneralhome.com


Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 12, 2012
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