SSGT US ARMY AIR FORCES. WORLD WAR II
HENNIKER -- Richard N. Erickson, 87, died April 6, 2011, at Concord Hospital.
He was born on April 11, 1923, in Lynn, Mass., to Arvid and Alvina Erickson.
A veteran of World War II, he served with the 15th Army Air Force in North Africa and Italy before being shot down over Austria on Feb. 24, 1944. He was held as a POW at Stalag XVII-B until the liberation in 1945.
Mr. Erickson worked as a machinist and entrepreneur in the aircraft, aerospace and power-generation industries.
He was married in 1948 to Gloria Mitchell of Salem, Mass., who died in 2008.
He was an avid boater and saltwater fisherman. He was a longtime Mason, as well as a member of Allepo Temple Shrine. In later years, he regularly met with former POWs in New Hampshire and at annual Stalag XVII-B reunions around the country.
Dick was an extraordinarily well read man, especially on history, politics and human conditions. Family includes three sons, Richard Erickson Jr. and his wife Rosa of Beverly, Mass. and their children and one great-grandson; Neal Erickson and his wife Janelle of Hazelton, B.C., Canada, and their two children; Carl Erickson and his wife Gina of Hillsborough, N.H., and their six children. He is also survived by his sister Rita Matthews of Lititz, Pa. and his two nieces. (Union Leader 4/12/2011)
Gloria A Erickson
Rita Gudrun Erickson Mathews
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