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Carl "Swede" Norman Erickson

January 7, 1923 - May 27, 2019
From: Peterson, IA
Carl  "Swede" Norman Erickson

Carl "Swede" Norman Erickson

Born: January 7, 1923
Died: May 27, 2019
Age: 96

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Carl “Swede” Norman Erickson was born on Parson Homestead Farm between Webb and Gillett Grove, IA on Jan 7, 1923.  He was born with pneumonia and almost died in infancy. He attended school in Webb and Sioux Rapids, IA.  After school, he married Ruth Essick before joining the service.  He was deployed in June 1944 to Fort Knox, KY.  During WWII, he was a medium tank driver.  He fought in the Rhineland Central Europe Campaign under General Patton in the 12th Armored Division.  After the war, he came back to Webb and his family continued to grow.  He then moved to Peterson and worked for Ted’s Shop until 1958.  At that time, he moved his family to Albert City and purchased Swede’s Welding Shop and raised his family.  In 1977, Ruth and Swede purchased a John Deere CP dealership in Walker, MN.  Unexpectedly Ruth passed away May 21, 1977.  Swede married Ardis Essick on July 2, 1977 and moved to Walker, MN.     When the two of them married his family grew with children: Jean (Tom), Chris (Bob), Russ, Ray (Kathy), Sue (Terry).  They lived in Walker, MN from July 1977- June 1981, where they were owners of the John Deere CP dealership.  In June 1981, they moved back to Peterson, IA to be closer to their children and families.  He went back to work for Feekes Farm center and worked there until 2005 when he retired as blacksmith.  In Aug of 2010, he went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with his Sergeant First Class Granddaughter, Heather Warren as his guardian. He met up with another granddaughter where the two of them spent the day wheeling their grandpa around and taking pictures.  In April 2015, to show eternal gratitude he was awarded the Legion of Honor pin. .  He was honored by the French Government for his service in France during WWII.  This is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France.  He spent his past time fishing, working in his gardens, bird watching, reading, watching grandkids in their many activities, captivating audiences young and old with his stories of the war, BIG fish stories, and his life encounters.  After the war his service didn’t stop there.  He was a scout leader for 23 years, city councilman, Mayor (6 years), Fireman (11years), VFW, Albert City Chamber, Sunday School teacher, and just an amazing God Loving MAN!

     He passed away peacefully on May 27, 2019 at the Pearl Valley Nursing Home in Sutherland, IA.

     Survivors: His loving wife, Ardis, Sons Carl Jr. (Edith), Pete (Nancy), Erik (Barb), Alex (Linda)

Daughter-in-law Marie, Sisters Josephine & Sharon, Brothers David & Jay

Numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great-great Grandchildren.

      Preceded in death by his parents, Mabel (Parsons) & Lars Erickson, Wife Ruth, Son David. Daughter Judy Steffen, Son-in-law Ray Steffen, Sisters: Madeline, Maxine, Bonnie, Ieleen, Neenah.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at United Methodist Church in Peterson, Iowa.
Pastor Karen Berg and Pastor Esta Fraley
Brent Erickson
Tony Erickson
Joshua Erickson
Brandon Erickson
Karl Erickson Jr.
Kent Erickson

Honorary Casket Bearers
Allen Feekes
Don Feekes
Dean-Underwood Post #10 Members
Will begin at 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 29 with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
"In The Garden"
"The Old Rugged Cross" 
By Karen Dardar

Congregational Hymn
"Amazing Grace"

Organist, Gloria Terrell
Fairfield Cemetery
Albert City, Iowa


Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 4:35 PM
“Dear Ardis and family, My heart is saddened along with yours upon the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. Swede was a favorite relative of mine. May the peace that only Christ can give be yours at this time. In loving memory, Mary J. Klatt”
- Mary J. Klatt
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:31 PM
“I feel very blessed to have met Carl, he was a very sweet and interrsting man. Ardis and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- Lora Vander Veen
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:04 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to the many family members who have lost Swede. May you find peace sharing the wonderful memories of the times you had with him in all of his 96 years!”
- Jennifer Engel
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:03 PM
“Sincere loving thoughts for the healing hearts of this wonderful man. How blessed are we to have had the presence of such Honerable men in the 12th. I had the pleasure of meeting Carl of a Hellcat Reunion. I am honored .”
- Denise Dietsch Esham
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“So very sorry to hear about Swede. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
- Nita Hargrave Richards
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:20 AM
“Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Carl. He was a lovely man and will be dearly missed.”
- Trish Winger
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Swede's passing. You have my sympathies!”
- Mary Jo (Reed) Olthoff
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:01 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Swede’s family. Many fond memories of working with him years ago at Ted’s Shop.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM
“Grandpa! you taught me what real fresh veggies should taste like. i know i was the naughty grandkid, but you have no idea how much i enjoyed our summers together. you really had a impact on my life, my appreciation for good healthy meals and moderation. my only regret? there is a little girl who never got to share in the grace and patience of your presence. i will show her. love you. ”
- Amy Erickson
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM
“Swede was a one in a million kind of a guy. Loved his stories over the years. Some great pop in visits at the house when Pete and Bob were young (Nancy and I too!) Thinking of you Ardie and of all the Erickson kids. ”
- Becky Braesch
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“I'm so sorry you have lost Swede!!! He was a fine fellow. God Bless you and comfort you. Love, Bonnie Johnson”
- Bonnie Johnson
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