Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Roger K. Erickson

Gilbert, AZ -- If there's a sports fans' "Hall of Fame," Roger Erickson is there cheering for his beloved Cubs and Packers.  The colorful life of a wonderful husband, father and friend ended June 26, 2013, in Gilbert, Arizona.

Roger Erickson was born in Little Falls, MN, on January 9, 1941. He was the son of  Arthur Beseman, and Mildred Erickson.  Roger was educated in Minnesota schools and was an avid swimmer, bowler and basketball player at Denfeld High School in Duluth, MN.

At age 18 he relocated to Racine, Wisconsin, to work at American Motors/Chrysler in 1959. Roger advanced through the ranks at American Motors starting on the assembly line and eventually earned the position of General Superintendent, retiring January 31, 1998.

On April 8, 1961, Roger married the love of his life, Ida Rivera.  The couple was blessed with three wonderful children and celebrated 52 years of marriage together.

Left to remember Roger are his loving wife and best friend, Ida Erickson; sons, Rodger C. Erickson (wife, Angie),  Rick Erickson (wife, Heather); and daughter, Lori J. Poplawski (husband, Greg); along with grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Rhianna, Haley and Cameron Erickson,  Colton and  Ellie Poplawski; and his extended family and dear friends.  Roger is also survived by three half-brothers, Jim (Bonnie) Erickson, Rod Beseman, Mark Beseman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nora Shaughnessy, Eva and Hank Hackstein, Gene and Joanie Rivera, Adam and Marian Barootian, Terri and the late Glen Battles.

He was proceed in death by his father, Arthur; mother, Mildred; his beloved grandparents, Mabel and Edward Raffensparger; and half-brother, Bruce Beseman.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Howard Wirtz officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m.

Every time that the Cubs score a run or the Packers score a touchdown they'll be doing it for Roger.  Boy, what a way to be remembered!

"Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not."
                                                                       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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