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David Erickson

October 12, 1932 ~ October 18, 2018 (age 86)

David E. Erickson Sr., aged 86, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 due to complications from a broken hip and pneumonia.  Dave grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and was a graduate of South High School. Dave attended Michigan State University for two years and then registered with the Army where he served as a Chaplains Assistant (for two years) in Panama.  Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army, Dave returned to Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in Business.  Soon after graduating he began his lifelong career in Sales, retiring in 2002 from Blue Circle Cement Company.  Dave was married to Mary Erickson (the love of his life) for 51 years.  Surviving him are his children; Trisha Perez, David (Anne) Erickson, Mark Erickson, his beloved grandchildren Brad (Amanda) Erickson, Bob (Erika) Erickson, Sarah Perez, Kayla Erickson, Krysta Goslin and Briana (RJ) Virkstis, along with numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Erickson, Brother C. Douglas Erickson and parents Chalmer and Bessie Erickson.  Dave enjoyed a life filled with volunteer work, from being President of the Northeast Little League, President of the YMCA Indian Guides, Head Usher at First Park Congregational Church (where he was a lifelong member), along with serving on numerous Church Boards and committees.  Dave also served as President of the Central High School Boosters, along with volunteering for Meals on Wheels and Kids Food Basket.  He was a ‘huge’ MSU Spartan fan, an avid fisherman, golfer, and family man.  His love of family, friends and helping others brought him a lifetime of happiness and joy. Please join his family for visitation on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9-11 AM at Park Congregational Church. Funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:00 A.M. at First Park Congregational Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. A private Interment Service will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Please continue his dedication to serving by considering a contribution in his memory to the First Park Congregational Usher’s Fund.

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