THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Roger Erickson, 83, Gillett, passed away Friday, April 4, with family by his side.
Born Oct. 22, 1930 to Carl and Cora (Beilfus) Erickson, at the age of 17, he joined the United States Army during the Korean War and received a bronze star. He was honorably discharged in May of 1952 and started a family. He married Marion (Paulson) Erickson on Feb. 16, 1952 at Bethel Lutheran Church and they were married 62 years. He was employed as a butcher in Milwaukee for 40 plus years and dedicated the rest of his life to his family and work. After retiring, he moved to Gillett and worked at the meat packing plant. He filled many roles and wore many hats in the church, where he served God and church.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; three daughters, Mary Ann (Dan) Zelinski, Beverly (Howard) Tatro and Debra (Jeff) Westover; three brothers, Matt (Lou), Don (Sharon) and Dale Erickson; two sisters, June Evensen and Beverly Ullmer; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers-in-law, Bobby (Bernice), Roger (Susie), Dale (Bonnie) and John (Sally) Paulson; five sisters-in-law, Jean Soper, Carol (Gary) Williamson, Sharon Trepanier, Susie (Arnie) Jeske and Theresa Paulson; a dear friend, Mario Morell and many other relatives and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Cora; two brothers, Clayton and James Erickson; a sister, Doris Jandt; his mother and father-in-law, Carl and Eleanor Paulson and seven brothers-in-law, Norman, Steve, Milo, Wayne, Ray, Clarence and Todd.
Friends called from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 8 at Kuehl Funeral Home, 108 E. Main St. Gillett. Visitation continued on Wednesday, April 9 at Bethel Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Pastor Bill Gruenstern officiated.