|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 2010|
Frederick Jonathan Ericksen Jr. 85, of Portland, formerly of Arlington and The Dalles, died Wednesday April 21, 2010 at The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center in the The Dalles.
He was born in The Dalles on Jan. 28, 1925, the son of Fred and Sybil Wisner Erickson Sr. The Ericksen family owned and operated a commercial truck garden (famous for their cantaloupes) and fruit orchard. He grew up on the family farm at 18th and Mount Hood streets and attended school in The Dalles. He studied electrical engineering and agriculture at Oregon State University.
On Nov. 27, 1949, he married Yvonne Johnson of Odell and they began ranching at Blalock, raising cherries and wheat. During this time, he also worked for Bus Clough Distributing. When their ranch was inundated by the John Day Dam in 1960, they moved to Arlington and bought Wilhelm Remedies (which became Ericksen Remedies and built their home).
During the next 25 years, he worked as a general superintendent, building more than 20 power lines and substations. After retirement he was elected mayor of Arlington in a landslide write-in campaign in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996.
He was married at Arlington on June 1, 1996 to Gladys McKay of Portland. The couple enjoyed gardening and traveling together.
He was an active member of the Arlington United Methodist Church and shared his tenor voice in the church choir. He was devoted to the Arlington Masonic Lodge, was a third-degree Mason, a past master several times, secretary of the lodge for many years, and was also a "Ritual Expert" (for the local lodge and many other lodges in the state).
In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, carpentry, and spending time with his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys, Portland; daughters, Janet Arlen Gohring and her husband Bill, Cove; Susan Joanne McCarthy and her husband Burt, Arlington; stepdaughters, Darlene Boles and her husband Glenn, St. Helens; and Diana Taal and her husband Martin, Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; brother Russell Ericksen and his wife Marva, Adams; sister-in-law Marilyn Ericksen, Hood River; three granddaughters, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Yvonne, his parents and an older brother, Walter Ericksen.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at the United Methodist Church in Arlington with Masonic Service with burial to follow at the Arlington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fred Ericksen Memorial Fund (100 percent of the contributions will go toward a community memorial for Fred in Arlington). Contributions can be sent or delivered to the Bank of Eastern Oregon, PO Box 38, Arlington, Oregon 97812.
Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.
Arlington Masonic Cemetery
Created by: L. Renee Briggs
Record added: Apr 25, 2010
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