Erick J. Fadness
2000 - 2021
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Erick J. Fadness

Decorah - Erick J. Fadness, age 20, of Decorah, Iowa, died Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 26 northwest of Portland, Oregon.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Decorah High School Gymnasium with Pastor Don Holmertz and Pastor Randy Scheil officiating.

The service on Saturday will be livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/qbV_RrtrU-g

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, February 19 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah.

Erick is survived by his parents, Ronald & Marcy Fadness and his sister, Laurel Fadness of Decorah.

Memorials will be used to establish a scholarship in Erick's name through the Decorah Community School District Foundation. Make checks payable to DCSD Foundation, 510 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.fjelstul.com




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Published in the Des Moines Register from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2021.
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Memorial service
01:00 PM
Decorah High School Gymnasium
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March 2, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the Fadness family. God Bless
Joe McArthur
February 28, 2021
Ruth and Roger and family, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's peace be with you.
Karen Pfister Parhizi
Friend
February 24, 2021
Our sympathies go out to the Fadness family. May your good memories of Erick offer a little comfort. Sending love and light to you all.
Ross and Nori Hadley
February 22, 2021
Dear Fadness Family,
May the love from family and friends support you in the days ahead as you celebrate Erick's life and the impact that he had on all the lives he touched. Our deepest condolences, Jon and Mary Hart
Mary and Jon Hart
February 20, 2021
What a shock to hear this news! "Sorry for your loss" doesn't come close to expressing how we feel. We will both be thinking about you as you try and process this. If there's anything we can do to help, please let us know. We'll be here for you!
Mike & Cornelia Sampson
Friend
February 20, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Melinda Jaimes
Coworker
February 20, 2021
Our deepest sympathy; may God's love bring you comfort.
Amanda, Brent, William, Margaret and Henry Hahn
Acquaintance
February 20, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. He always seemed like a very nice person, and I enjoyed watching Ian and Erick throughout the years of school together. Prayers for your family.
Leslie Smith
Acquaintance
February 20, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Erick’s free-spiritedness was admired by our son, Nick, especially in his adventures since high school. Although he was taken from this world much too soon, his spirit will surely live on.
Dominique, Mike and Nick Bockman
Classmate
February 20, 2021
Erick was my first college friend. Whether it was going for a walk around campus, eating yogurt and granola in the Burge dining hall, or late night study sessions in the Stanley lounge, Erick always radiated happiness and light. He inspired me in so many ways and I’m so thankful to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Liz Lau
Friend
February 20, 2021
March, Ron and Laurel: We remember Erick as a beautiful, warm and happy boy and although many years have passed since we last saw your family, we know he was also a remarkable and special man. He touched the lives of Alex and Evan so deeply. We will keep him and you in our hearts and thoughts.
Gordon Miller
Friend
February 20, 2021
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February 20, 2021
Erick was an extremely special human that brought so much joy to everyone he met. Everyday we hope to honor Erick by seeking joy and adventure in nature while staying true to who we are. I have so many fond memories of seeing Erick and Laurel every Christmas, playing games, hearing their life updates and growing up alongside them. He is missed and so very loved. Sending love to the entire family.
Sara Lemke
Friend
February 20, 2021
Sending love and light to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jennifer, Todd and Ivy Sime, Josie & Mya Numedahl
February 19, 2021
I was lucky enough to have Erick on my dorm floor freshman year. I have nothing but fond memories of Erick and will remember him for his kindness, humor, and passion for the outdoors. I’m sending all of my love and prayers to everyone who was fortunate enough to know and love Erick.
Grace Basler
Friend
February 19, 2021
Freshman year, our daughter Liz introduced me to a charming young man as we all walked down the 2nd floor of Stanley Hall together and they exchanged easy and funny banter. She spoke very highly of Erick and considered him such a good friend. We are so sad to hear this news. He will forever be in our hearts, forever loved.
Amy and Kurt Lau
Acquaintance
February 19, 2021
What an extraordinary young man! I wish I had had his sense of adventure at 20; his free spirit unhampered by social norms. His eye for nature photography reveals a gentle soul; his smile - a deep kindness. I am grateful to have met him. I am sad that I did not know him better.
Keith Yarwood
Family
February 18, 2021
I remember when your family moved to town. Erick joined my 3rd grade class. He was a great addition . . . kind, respectful, an avid learner. He fit right in and was well-liked. He was such a great guy. My sincere sympathy to your family.
Mary Wagner
Teacher
February 18, 2021
Ron, Marcy, and Laurel, we are so very sorry to hear about Erick. Know that so many people are sharing in your grief and your tears. So, so sorry for your loss.
Lori Galligan
Neighbor
February 18, 2021
Ron & Marcy, what terrible news this is about your beloved Erick. Our hearts break for you. Just know that we are praying that the Lord will hold you and your family up on every leaning side in the weeks and months to come. May wonderful memories of Erick sustain you forever. We send our love to you.
John & Nancy Morris
Friend
February 18, 2021
Ron, Marcy and Laurel: We are so, so terribly sorry to hear of Erick's tragic death. We have enjoyed keeping up with your family since you moved to Decorah. We know that parent-son/brother-sister relationships are truly special and we can only pray that your memories of Erick will sustain you throughout the future. Our hearts are heavy and we are saddened beyond belief. Please know you all are in our prayers continuously.
Dixie and Dan Schomer
Friend
February 18, 2021
I was Erick’s kindergarten teacher in Pella. I have fond memories of a sweet little boy. He was one of a small group of students the kindergarten teachers took to a school board meeting to share our curriculum with board members. My sincere condolences on your loss.
Marcia Carter
Teacher
February 18, 2021
Ron, Marcy and family: Sincere condolences on the tragic passing of your son Erick. I wish you peace, comfort and strength to go through the dark days up ahead.
Donna Kunde
Acquaintance
February 18, 2021
Ron & family, I am so sorry for this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and always. It is never easy to lose someone so young but it sounds as if he has lead a full life in his short years. It seems as if he has left you many good memories with which to cherish his life and legacy. God be with you all and may he rest in peace.
Kevin Duggan
Acquaintance
February 18, 2021
Though I didn't know Erick very well, he was always a friendly face to see at the UI climbing wall and around Trowbridge Hall. He will be extremely missed.
Emma Hartke
Classmate
February 18, 2021
Though we didn't know Erick well, we always enjoyed watching him (and Ron at times) work on his van this past year. He was always pleasant to visit with, and enjoyed sharing some stories about his trips. You guys are in our thoughts.
Jeremy and Maria Leitz
Neighbor
February 17, 2021
We are so sorry for your terrible loss of such a wonderful young man. Our thoughts and prayers go to your family during this time❤
Tina Huinker
Coworker
February 17, 2021
Ron and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in my prayers--wishing you strength and comfort at this difficult time.
Lisa Bartusek
Acquaintance
February 16, 2021
Our family all value the time we were able to spend with Erick. He was an amazing boy that grew into an amazing man. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Wendy Juhlin
Friend
February 15, 2021
Ron and Marcy -
I can't even begin to imagine what you are experiencing right now. I pray that somehow you are able to find some degree of peace and comfort in the love and support of friends and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and your family during this time. May your cherished memories of Erick always provide you with peace and comfort.
Marc Wilkinson
Acquaintance
February 15, 2021
Ron and Marcy, we are so sorry for your loss. We pray God's greatest comfort and richest blessings during this most difficult time.
Rachel & Dean Munger-Hartman
Friend
February 15, 2021
We are so sorry for the loss of your son. Love--Mike and Mary Jones
Mike Jones
Friend
February 15, 2021
Family, my condolences for your loss of Erick. He clearly was making an effort to enjoy a world that I believe he loved! Peace for you all.
Mike Molumby
February 14, 2021
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Rev. John & Carol Caldwell
February 14, 2021
My sincerest condolences to you all in your time of grief. Erick clearly grew into a wonderful man and my hope is that memories of the time you shared together will sustain you. I'm so very, very sorry for your loss.
Nicole Nayima
Acquaintance
February 13, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful son & brother he must have been. His grandmother Arlene was so proud of him. The memories of his accomplishment in his short life will always be remembered. Thinking of you all.
Coleen Orwoll
Friend
February 13, 2021
Erick has been an inspiration to our Natalie, a Decorah graduate and herself a student at U of I, studying environmental and political sciences and exploring her own path of seeing America. There are no words for your incredible heartbreaking loss. We send our thoughts, prayers, and loving family support.
Matt Tapscott family
Acquaintance
February 13, 2021
Dear Family of Erick, may he rest in peace in the arms of our dear Lord.
Julie Vulk
February 13, 2021
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Sarah Nelson
February 13, 2021
So sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our prayers are with you.
Steve and Marilyn Courtney
February 12, 2021
After viewing some of his photos, I surmise he really loved photographing nature, especially the mountains.
Ronald Jones
February 12, 2021
You probably do not know me, but I work at a business in downtown Decorah. I had the opportunity to see Erick many times in the downtown area and every time he had a smile and was always kind. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know Erick left an impression on me, just a stranger who passed him on the street-Thank you for giving the world the opportunity to know Erick.
Sue
Acquaintance
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