Richard A. Erickson

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LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Richard “Dick” A. Erickson, 86, of Lynnwood, Wash., formerly of Mendota, passed away Sept. 28, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.

A graveside family service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Lynnwood. A memorial service will be planned for a later date at Alderwood Manor Community Church in Lynnwood. Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home of Lynnwood is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Dick was born March 26, 1934 in Chicago to George S. and Birdia K. (Lysland) Erickson. He married June L. Greener in LaSalle on Aug. 6, 1955 and they celebrated 65 years of marriage in August.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Lynn (Glenn) Holly of Parker, Colo., Pamela Erickson of Parker, Colo. and Andrea Langkow of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; one sister, Virginia (Dwain) Dial of Davenport, Fla.; three brothers, Keith (Gene) Erickson of Port Byron, Joel (Marian) Erickson of Moline and Dean (Marcia) Erickson of Aledo, Texas; and one granddaughter, Hope Langkow of Birmingham, Ala.

Dick was the oldest of five children. He first started to play trombone at age 8, learning from his dad who also played. He continued playing trombone in school bands through high school and in brass ensembles. He began school in Chicago and as a child, moved with his family to Ottawa, where he finished his schooling and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1952. Before his retirement, he owned and operated Erickson Signs, where he did custom sign painting and pin striping. He applied his craft primarily in the automotive industry and striped many vintage cars, boats and motorcycles. He and June spent many winters enjoying the sunny weather of south Texas where he enjoyed playing his trombone in a community band. He also enjoyed painting as a hobby and created many pieces that are treasured by family members. He continued using his artistic talents on two overseas mission trips to Haiti and again in Peru, South America, where he painted signs for local mission groups.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Gideon’s International, https://www.gideons.org/donate.