Clarence E. Erickson, age 83, of Grove City, Minnesota, husband of the late Lorna Erickson, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018, at his home in Grove City, Minnesota.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Grove City, Minnesota. Interment will be in the First Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Friday, March 9, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. and will continue one hour prior to the service all at First Baptist Church.
Clarence Emmet Erickson was born on March 25, 1934 in Litchfield, Minnesota. He was the son of Emil C. and Sigrid Emelia (Johnson) Erickson. Clarence was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith at 1st Lutheran Church in Grove City, and later re-affirmed his faith through baptism as an adult at 1st Baptist Church in Grove City, Minnesota. He received his education in Grove City, and was a graduate of the Grove City High School Class of 1952.
On October 10th, 1952, Clarence was united in marriage to Lorna Nelson at 1st Lutheran Church in Grove City. This marriage was blessed with four children, Roxanne, Sherry, Peggy & Timothy. Clarence and Lorna resided and farmed in rural Grove City, where they shared 62 years of marriage until Lorna’s passing on June 1, 2015.
Clarence spent his working years as a carpenter, farmed his family farm, & later in life was the plant manager in Paynesville for Sparboe Companies, & a maintenance person for Augustana Homes of Litchfield. He was an active member of 1st Baptist Church, having served on the Board of Deacons & Church Council.
Clarence loved working with wood, whether it be creating something, or chopping wood to heat his home. He also had a great love for history, especially focusing on his family heritage, Swede Grove Township and the City of Grove City. He always enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
Clarence passed away peacefully, Monday, February 12, 2018 at his home in rural Grove City, at the age of 83.
Clarence is survived by his:
Children, Roxanne (Eugene) Dick of Watkins, MN,
Sherry (Arch) Bonnema of Ada, OK,
Peggy Allen of Jacksonville, FL,
Timothy (Lori) Erickson of Litchfield MN;
10 Grandchildren, Andrea, Stacy, Trisha, Michael, Stephany, Robert, Justin, Jacob, Melissa, and Jared;
Sister-in-law, Shirley Erickson of Litchfield MN,
Iona (DeWayne) Albright of Litchfield, MN,
Luanne Bachman of St Louis Park, MN,
Step-Brother, Tom (Joyce) Jarl, Cokato, MN,
Step-Brother-in-law, Dean Johnson, Litchfield MN;
Many other relatives and friends.
Clarence is preceded in death by his Parents, Emil & Sigrid Erickson; Wife, Lorna; Grandson, Joshua Bonnema; Brother Vincent Erickson; Son-in-law, Kenneth Allen; Step-Brothers, David and Franklin Jarl; Brother-in-law, Charles Bachman; Father and Mother in-law, Raymond O. and Ethel Nelson; Step Mother-in-Law, Adeline Nelson; Sister-in-law, Vera Johnson; Nephew Peter Erickson, and Niece, Deborah Feldman.
The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support, and invite everyone to a fellowship luncheon in the church basement immediately following the service.