|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1951|
|Death: ||Nov. 29, 2009|
John R. Erickson, born January 16, 1951, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2009. John was the beloved son of Mathew Sr. and Delores Erickson currently of Strasburg, Ohio but originally from Barberton, Ohio. John was the third of four children in the Erickson family. His oldest sister is Sally (Terry) Avant of Barberton, Ohio. His older brother is Mathew Jr. (Donna) Erickson of Akron, Ohio. His baby sister is Krista (Ronald) Septer of Strasburg, Ohio.
John graduated from Barberton High School in 1969 where he excelled in his studies and in music. John's voice was nurtured and trained by Mr. Okey Santee who was a dedicated vocal teacher at Barberton High School. Over the years, John sang special music at many area churches and performed at the weddings of friends and family. A special song that he often sang was an accapella rendition of The Lord's Prayer. After graduation, John enlisted into the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. During Christmas of 1969, John was honored to serve as a tenor soloist for the United States Air Force Choir. John was honorably discharged, and then pursued a career in cosmetology. John attended the Rigs Lamar Beauty School in Akron, Ohio. John was a gifted hair stylist who worked over the years in many salons in Akron, Fairlawn, Manchester, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Barberton. He also taught classes at the Gerber Beauty School. John was a featured hair stylist in the magazine Cosmopolitan in the May 1981 issue. He also had a feature article highlighting his talent in the Akron Beacon Journal. John is remembered and loved by his two children and three grandchildren. His daughter, Amber Erickson and her children, Wynter and Gage reside in California. His son, Austin Erickson resides in Akron, Ohio and has a daughter, Alessia. John is also survived by his nieces and nephews, and their children, [Brian (Kristi) Avant, Julie (Jason) Read, Mathew Erickson III, Veronica (Tommy) Spidell, Joe (Amy) Erickson, Jonathan Septer, and Steven (Crystal) Erickson; upon whose lives he left an indelible print. John also has many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who he impacted by his life over the years. John blessed many with his gifts of crocheting. He also enjoyed flowers and gardening.
There will be a memorial service held for John on his birthday, January 16, 2010 at 2 p.m. Pastor Kevin Baker will be presiding over the service. Kevin was one of John's lifelong friends. The service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 254 6th Street NW in Barberton, OH. Memorial Contributions may be made in John's memory to Faith Foundation Ministries Church at 244 Johnson Rd., Wadsworth Ohio 44281
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Record added: Apr 11, 2012
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