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Harry L. Erickson

Harry L. Erickson, 88, died with his loving wife and family at his side, while receiving hospice care at home on January 7, 2016. Harry, determined that his gardening and construction work here was not done, bravely fought a long battle with cancer.

Funeral Services for Harry will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 11 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Bridgewater, followed by internment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Crow Lake, SD. Visitation for Harry will be held at Walter's Funeral Home in Bridgewater, SD on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, with a prayer service at 7 pm

Harry was born May 18, 1927 in Wessington Springs, SD. He graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1945. Harry graduated on May 18, turned 18 on May 18, and was sworn in to the Navy on the same day, May 18. In the Navy, he served as SKD, Storekeeper Dispersing, from June 13, 1945 to August 22, 1946. Harry became a member of The American Legion Post 111 in 1945 and served as Commander of the Post numerous times. He was recently recognized for 70 years of continuous membership and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of The American Legion. As a World War II Veteran, Harry was privileged to participate in the WWII Veteran Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2009.

After honorable discharge from the Navy, Harry farmed with his Dad, eventually buying the family farm located 4 miles northeast of Bridgewater. He farmed until 1970 when he began working in the construction industry. He started his construction career remodeling and building houses, which lead to a career as project superintendent on commercial projects including schools, churches, trauma centers, manufacturing plants, and the tallest skyscraper in Iowa. One of his favorite projects was building an ethanol plant in Minnesota. After retiring, Grandpa Harry enjoyed years of woodworking projects for family and friends. Harry had a creative mind and was always planning a new landscaping or woodworking project. He loved vegetable and floral gardening, and was famous for his spectacular animated Christmas displays that he made and displayed every year. The evening before his passing, he was still telling family at his bedside of his plans for future woodworking projects he wanted to complete.

Harry served as a 4-H leader for many years, as a CCD teacher for St. Stephens Parish, and an officer for the Bridgewater Alumni Association. He enjoyed acting in the alumni fundraiser plays.

Harry married the love of his life, Lorraine Lindstedt, on August 22, 1950. They celebrated 65 years of marriage with a large celebration of family and friends this past August, 2015.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lorraine, 3 sons, Randy (Jolene Semmler), Steve (Joyce Bartscher), Doug (Kim Eilts), 2 daughters, Patti Mellard (Daryl) and Sheila Sandness, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, and a brother, Donald (Dorothy) Erickson.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Gustave and Johannah (Matson) Erickson, 2 brothers, Martin and Delbert, and 2 sisters, Elsie Dirks and Theresa (Viola) Sykes.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Children's Inn of Sioux Falls.



Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 9, 2016
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