Leland Merle Erickson was born on September 29, 1930, in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota to the late Elmer Albert and Helen (Bressem) Erickson. Leland received his early education in Alpha and Petersburg schools before attending and graduating from Jackson High School, Leland then went onto Worthington Junior College for one year. Leland then enlisted into the US Navy in March of 1951 and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee and served during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged in March of 1955. After being honorably discharged, Bill returned to Jackson, Minnesota.
Leland was united in marriage to Marjorie Dahlin on April 15, 1956, in Spafford Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with three children, LeAnn, Jack and Mark. After marriage, Leland worked as a linesman for REA for over twenty years before owning and operating a laundromat and Erickson Truck Sales until his retirement.
Leland was a longtime member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson along with the American Legion and the VFW Liberty Post #130 of Jackson. Leland most enjoyed cycling from Florida to Texas to Nova Scotia to Alaska to California, it was more about the trip than the destination for Leland. Leland also enjoyed riding trikes, snowmobiles, anything with a motor, mowing, trail riding, being the race flagman at the Jackson Speedway for many years, riding his 1800 Goldwing and his Harley’s, but most of all, Leland enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.
Left to cherish Leland’s memory are his wife of 66 years, Marjorie Erickson of Jackson; three children, LeAnn (Bill) Heiam of Houston, TX; Jack (Colleen) Erickson of Jackson; Mark Erickson of Keystone, SD; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evonne Lee of Oklahoma City, OK; Betty Kranz (Chuck) of Silver City, New Mexico; and many nieces and nephews.
Leland is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Dick Lee.
Memorials may be made in Leland’s name to Tunnels to Towers at t2t.org which is a great organization that provides a new house to families of fallen heroes.
Blessed be the memory of Leland Merle Erickson.
A Celebration of Life Service for Leland Erickson, age 92, of Jackson, will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday November 22nd at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Jackson with Pastor Riley Place officiating. Full Military honors by American Legion and VFW Post #130 of Jackson will follow the service at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson.
A time of visitation and gathering will be held on Monday November 21st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Jackson and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Leland Erickson passed away on Friday, November 11th at the Sanford Hospital in Jackson.
Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Jackson. Condolences and memories of Leland may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.