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Melvin Randolph Erickson

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Melvin Randolph Erickson

Birth
Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
Death
14 Nov 2008 (aged 94)
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Burial
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA GPS-Latitude: 48.2066832, Longitude: -122.7069419
Plot
Sherman addition, Section J, Space 66
Memorial ID
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Son of Will and Alka Erickson and brother of Gordon and Clifford Erickson, Melvin grew up on a farm and graduated from Chanute High School in 1932. He worked on the family farm for a few years, then earned a GA degree in history and music at Ottawa University in eastern Kansas. He than taught school at LaHarpe, Kansas. It was there that he met Mildred Dodge, a teacher at the same school. They were married in 1942.

During World War II, Melvin was a civilian employee of the Air Corps in Omaha, Nebraska. After the war he went to work for the F. W. Woolworth Company, first training in Denver, Colorado, then managing stores in Greeley, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, and El Paso, Texas. In 1962 he returned to teaching at Irvin High School in El Paso until he retired in 1980. In 1987 he and Mildred moved to Oak Harbor, Washington.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Randolph Erickson and two brothers, Gordon and Clifford Erickson of Chanute, Kansas. He was survived by his wife, Mildred; his daughter, Mrs. Tom (Barbara) Zander; his son, Randy Erickson; and two sisters, Ruby and Maxine Erickson of Kansas City.
Son of Will and Alka Erickson and brother of Gordon and Clifford Erickson, Melvin grew up on a farm and graduated from Chanute High School in 1932. He worked on the family farm for a few years, then earned a GA degree in history and music at Ottawa University in eastern Kansas. He than taught school at LaHarpe, Kansas. It was there that he met Mildred Dodge, a teacher at the same school. They were married in 1942.

During World War II, Melvin was a civilian employee of the Air Corps in Omaha, Nebraska. After the war he went to work for the F. W. Woolworth Company, first training in Denver, Colorado, then managing stores in Greeley, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, and El Paso, Texas. In 1962 he returned to teaching at Irvin High School in El Paso until he retired in 1980. In 1987 he and Mildred moved to Oak Harbor, Washington.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Randolph Erickson and two brothers, Gordon and Clifford Erickson of Chanute, Kansas. He was survived by his wife, Mildred; his daughter, Mrs. Tom (Barbara) Zander; his son, Randy Erickson; and two sisters, Ruby and Maxine Erickson of Kansas City.


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