Services for Ernest Erickson

Ernest D. Erickson, 92, of Clearbrook, MN, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at his home next to the house where he was born.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Country Faith Church in Clearbrook, MN with his dear friend, Pastor Larry Dorman officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Cease Funeral Home in Bagley and one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Military Honors will be accorded by Melvin Johnson American Legion Post # 256 of Clearbrook, MN. Interment will be at Clover Cemetery. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born to Emil and Inga (Haugen) Erickson on October 1, 1926 in Clearbrook, Minnesota. The family lived on the Erickson farm that was homesteaded by Ernest’s grandfather in 1897. Ernest started working when he was six years old milking cows. He attended school in Clearbrook until he was twelve and went to work on other farms. On April 12, 1945, Ernest entered into the United States Army at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis and was stationed at South Camp Hood in Texas. Ernest was sent to Stockton California with his unit to be deployed to Germany during WWII. When he arrived, 8 soldiers were needed to be prison guards at North Camp Hood, Texas. Ernest was one of those 8. He felt sad that he had to leave his unit. He returned home on leave from basic training and began a short courtship with Mavis and they quickly fell in love. Ernest always had his eye on Mavis because she was such a pretty little thing. Ernest married Mavis Swanson on October 17, 1945 while still home on leave. She moved with him to Texas. Ernest was a prison guard at a Federal Prison until his honorable discharge in December 1947. There was a high recommendation upon his discharge that he become a civilian police officer. They moved back to Clearwater County and started their family in 1948. Work was very scarce at that time so they moved to Harvard, Illinois in 1951, where Ernest worked at Admiral TV factory. They returned north in 1953 with three children, 3 cows, and all their possessions packed in a single pickup truck. He was foreman at Darst Farms for 15 years, then went into carpentry where he continued until he was 83 years old. He built several homes around here and for all his children. Carpentry was his favorite job of all.  In 1971 they purchased the Erickson homestead and it was home to both of them ever since.

Ernest was an honest Christian and a devout member of Country Faith Church since it began. He loved Jesus deeply and taught his family to as well. It was his passion and wish that all of his family and friends give their life to Jesus. He was truly a walking testimony.  Ernest was always joyful, content, and appreciative of what he had. God always made sure he had more than enough. He had a contagious twinkling, blue-eyed smile and a warm and generous spirit. Ernest was a humble man with a big heart and brought out the best in others. He adored and cherished every member of his family and will be incredibly missed. Blessed be his memory.

He is survived by his children, Jerry (Cindy) Erickson, Patsy (Greg) Boe, Linda Ubert, and Lori (Greg) Bjerke; his daughter-in-law, Barb Erickson; 18 grandchildren and their spouses; 42 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; his godson, Mark Erickson; his brother, Benny Erickson; his sisters, Irene Green and Edna Dukek; and many beloved extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Mavis; his parents, Emil and Inga Erickson; his son, Larry Erickson; his grandchildren, Thomas Bjerke, his little buddy Jesse Bjerke, and Kory Joppru; his great grandchildren, Lucas Ubert and Wyatt Eck; and his good friend and brother-in-law, Laverne “Bucky” Swanson.

Messages of condolence may be sent to

Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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