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LEIF ERICKSON Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Leif Erickson, age 59, of Kennewick, Washington, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2016, in Seattle. Leif's passing marked the end of his 10-year battle with lung cancer. His family was fortunate to be at his side for the last several days that he was hospitalized. Leif was born November 14, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Arlene and Leif Erickson. He grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Minnesota. In 1977 he transferred to the University of Idaho to study Civil Engineering. It was while at the U of I that he met Julie Sherrodd who was also an engineering student. Following his graduation in 1980, Leif went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Washington and later in Anchorage, Alaska. The projects that he worked on for the Corps both in Walla Walla and Alaska were very special to him. It was here that he learned to be an exceptional project manager, a skill that would serve him well for his entire life. In 1986, Leif went to work for the U.S. Department of Energy in Richland, Washington. The primary driver for this move was so Leif and Julie could be close together once again. Leif and Julie were married on May 9, 1987 in Spokane, Washington. Leif very much enjoyed his continued career with the Department of Energy - again using his project management skills in construction projects, as a manager, as Procurement Director and in leading several major acquisition activities. The most important aspect of Leif's life was his family - Julie and his sons Nathan and Joel. He was always there for the three of them, providing unending guidance and support. He very much enjoyed watching the boys in their sports and school activities and helping them with their studies - something that was so important to him. The family's annual trip to the Oregon Coast was a most cherished time for Leif. Leif also had a great love for vintage cars, and worked for years on his Pontiac project car. He was the go-to guy for others' projects, always providing thoughtful, informative advice whenever someone had a problem they had trouble solving. Leif is survived by his wife Julie; sons Nathan and Joel; and brother Leland (Janice) Erickson. He was preceded in death by his father and mother. The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to all the physicians and staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Although we were only at the UW for a week, the staff there quickly became our family. The folks at the SCCA have felt like family for many years. We were always fortunate to have them identify the next treatment option. Leif would often say that the "science was staying ahead of him." We can only hope that the continued research by SCCA and the Fred Hutchinson Institute will make others' cancer battles easier. We are also grateful for the medical team in the Tri-Cities that worked so closely with the team in Seattle. This was important to Leif to have all the resources both near and far to help him along the way. And most importantly we are grateful for our family and the many friends who have been with us for not only for the cancer journey but for all of the wonderful life experiences along the way. Services will be held Friday, May 6th, 11:00 a.m., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kennewick. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle WA 98109-1023. Checks may be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are in memory of Leif Erickson. Call (206) 288-2070 or (877) 308-3117 to make a donation by phone. Or make a donation on-line at seattlecca.org/donate. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2016