WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Edward E. Erickson

    Funeral services for Edward E. Erickson were held Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church, Tracy.  Inurnment was in Lake Belt Township Cemetery near Ceylon.  Online condolences may be sent at www.walnutgrovefuneralhome.com.    

    Edward E. Erickson age 65 of Walnut Grove died Sunday, September 12, 2010.  

    Edward E. Erickson was born December 12, 1944 in Estherville, IA to Stanley and Marie (Carlsen) Erickson.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Ed graduated from Ceylon High School in 1963, and from Jackson Vocational School in 1967.  He served in the US Marine Corps from 1963-1967, and was stationed in the Phillipines for 18 months.  Ed was united in marriage to Karen Schultze on August 17, 1968 at St. Paul‚s Lutheran Church in Wilbert.  He worked for Alliant Energy from 1968 until his retirement in 2007.  Ed was a member of the Walnut Grove Fire Department for 20 years and served as chief from 1988-2001.  He was a past member of the Walnut Grove Community Club and Lions Club.  Ed was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy, serving in numerous offices within the church and doing volunteer work.  He loved woodworking, helping his children and grandchildren with projects, and spending time with his grandchildren.  

    Survivors include his wife Karen, Walnut Grove; children Michael (Melinda), Sioux Falls, SD, Nancy Pavelko, Sioux Falls, SD, and Julie, Grantsburg, WI; 2 grandsons; brothers and sisters: Renee (Danial) St. John, Fairmont, Sylvia (Don) Moore, Spencer, IA, David (Jan), Red Wing, Selmer (Margaret), Sleepy Eye, Judith (Dave) Schmitz, Surprise, AZ, Ellen (John) Peterson,  Mankato, Kathy (Marty) Bremer, Ceylon, MN, Kermit (Marlene), Bemidji; step-mother DeEtta Erickson, Plymouth; several brothers and sisters-in-law; many other relatives and friends.  

    Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Merlyn; step-brother Jim Herbrandson; and father-in-law Edwin Schultze.