Jim D. “Jimmy” Erickson
Jim D. “Jimmy” Erickson, age 58, of Waconia, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2007 at his home after a short, but valiant battle with kidney cancer.
He was born March 2, 1949 at Verviers, Belgium, the son of Donald C. and Lea J. (Hannotte) Erickson.
Jim married Karen A. Eder April 1, 1978 at St. Bonifacius Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Robert Dobihal officiating.
A Navy Sea Bee, Jim served in the Vietnam War.
He was a lifelong resident of the Waconia area, and a member of several organizations including the St. Boni Lions Club, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Waconia American Legion Post 150, and Minnesota Street Rod Association.
Jim owned his own electrical company, West Suburban Electric.
Some of the hobbies he enjoyed were hunting, fishing, collecting Red Wing crocks, beekeeping, working on his first car, a 1941 Ford; fixing old cars, collecting Whizzer bikes, and especially his 1969 Corvette Stingray.
Jim was known for his great sense of humor, contagious laugh, and pulling pranks on family and friends. He was always willing to lend a hand, but never asked anything in return.
He is survived by his loving family: wife Karen; children Kristin, Michael, and Jennifer Erickson; parents Donald and Lea Erickson of Lester Prairie; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald Erickson of Buffalo, Dick and Gail Erickson of Mayer, and John and Betty Erickson of New Germany; and sisters Jeanne Salonek and special friend Bruce Stacken of New Germany, and Michele Furman of Watertown.
Jim is further survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Florian and Sally Eder of St. Bonifacius; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Paul Eder and special friend Kathy Tindell of Delano, Gary Eder of St. Bonifacius, and Anne and Brad Diedrick of Chaska; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends; and his hunting dog, Sadie.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Joseph Gallatin as celebrant. Interment was at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Kenny Lenzen, Rick Luethner, Jim Trende, Paul Eder, Delmer Hilk, Bruce Stacken, Greg Emerick, and John Boll. Honorary casket bearers were Al Klein, Barry Hample, Chuck Krzmarnick, and Bruce Ferry.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.