Roger Erickson, 82, brother of Spring Grove woman

Roger Leonard Erickson, 82, of Grinnell, Iowa, and formerly of the Decorah area, died on Oct. 30, 2019, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1937, at the family home in Locust, Iowa, near Decorah, the son of Earl Leonard and Lenna Evelyn Young Erickson.  He grew up in the Decorah area and was a 1956 graduate of Mabel High School.  He later attended a vocational school for drafting in La Crosse.

On Oct. 24, 1958, he was united in marriage with Elaine Marie Harkness at the United Methodist Church in Mabel and they enjoyed a union of 61 years.  The couple lived in the Decorah area before moving to Marion in 1962.  Roger was employed as a mechanical draftsman at Rockwell-Collins in Cedar Rapids.  He retired from there in 1995, after 33 years of employment.  In September of 2015, they moved to Seeland Park in Grinnell.

Roger loved sharing his time with his family.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed going on walks, and was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mabel and Marion.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine of Grinnell; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Karen Erickson of Kellogg; three grandchildren, Nicole Lopez-Garcia, Mathew and Chase Erickson, all of Kellogg; one great-granddaughter, Emma Lopez-Garcia of Kellogg; and one sister, Marlys Bjerke of Spring Grove. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Ella Harkness; one sister, Lois Hovey; and two brothers-in-law, Marland Bjerke and Walter Hovey.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell.

Memorials may be designated to St. Francis Manor Seeland Park in Grinnell.