Carl D. Erickson passed away in Orlando, Fla., on May 7, 2017 at the age of 74.
A private memorial service was held at Carl’s home in Orlando.
Carl D. Erickson was born Jan. 19, 1943 to Johnny “Jack” and Teolena (Olson) Erickson in Elkader, Iowa. He grew up in the Elgin area and was baptized and confirmed at Highland Lutheran Church.
Carl attended school in Wadena and graduated from Valley of Elgin in 1961. He excelled in academics and sports playing basketball, football and baseball. He was on the Substate basketball team in 1960 and was voted the Outstanding Athlete at Valley in 1961.
After high school, Carl graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree. During his college years he was a smoke jumper out West, fighting forest fires. He also spent a summer in Mexico working and learning the “street” language.
After college Carl taught high school Spanish at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for four years.
In 1969 he returned to Wadena to farm with his dad and brother, Leigh Roger, raising cattle and corn together for 30 years.
In 1973, Carl married Colleen Burger from Wadena; they later divorced.
Carl had a longtime companion, Shirley Louw, and together they had a daughter, Nicole, in 1982.
Carl enjoyed bowling, golfing, mushroom hunting in the spring, and socializing with friends.
He worked for Shafar Fiberglass in West Union for 10 years before moving to Orlando, Fla., in 2003. While in Florida, Carl continued to stay busy working several part-time jobs.
Carl is survived by Shirley Louw; daughter, Nicole Louw; grandson Landon Louw; two sisters, Joyce (Dave) Munson of Weatherby, Mo., and Mary Lou Loeb of Sioux Falls S.D.; a brother, Leigh Roger (Joyce) Erickson of Wadena; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother on May 12, 1979, and his father on July 15, 1986.