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Maurice E. Erickson

Maurice E. Erickson, age 80 of Buffalo, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born May 9, 1925 in Buffalo to the late Oscar and Gladys (Gregerson) Erickson. Maurice grew up on a farm near Buffalo, and attended school through the eighth grade.

He then went to work for Peterson Implement Co. (later known as Leinbach’s).

Maurice entered the U.S. Army May 1, 1946, and was honorably discharged Nov. 2, 1947.

Following his discharge from the service, Maurice returned to Buffalo. His employer assisted him in schooling that allowed him to become the first TV repairman in Buffalo.

Maurice was united in marriage to Shirley Johnson Aug. 27, 1949. The couple made their home in Buffalo, where they lived all their married life.

Continuing his career in TV repair and sales, Maurice retired in 1989.

In his retirement, Maurice enjoyed hunting and fishing, as long as his health allowed.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, and was active in the Buffalo American Legion, where he received his 50-year award. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of Buffalo; children Michael (Heidi) Erickson of Greenfield, and Diane (Lee) Schneider of Millerville, Alberta, Canada; granddaughter Angela Erickson; sisters Doris Leerssen of Buffalo, and Dorothy (Les) Buckman of Robbinsdale; and other relatives and friends.

Maurice was preceeded in death by his parents; and brothers Dale and Jerald Erickson.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Churchi n Buffalo with the Rev. John P. Folkerds officiating. Diane Johnson played the organ for the service, and Phyllis Bengtson and Sharon Schmidt sang “The Lord’s Prayer” as a duet. Congregational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” Interment was in Swedesburg Cemetery, rural Waverly.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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