Jeffery B. Erickson, 51

Jeffery B. Erickson of Cedarburg returned to the Lord on April 21, 2013, at the age of 51. He was born on March 12, 1962, in Milwaukee to Vernon and Marge (nee Ellis) Erickson.

Jeff became a semi-professional photographer in high school when he started taking photographs at weddings and sporting events for the local newspaper. He later studied photography at Milwaukee Area Technical College, but switched to computer programming and developed a lifelong passion for computer-related activities. At different times, he was employed as a programmer/analyst, web designer, technical writer and illustrator. He also became a small business owner where he did wholesale and retail software sales.

Jeff had a big heart and saw the best in people. When he wasn’t out with friends, he liked to snuggle with his dog and watch television, especially British comedies.

He was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Wauwatosa.

Survivors include his father, Vernon of Jackson; two brothers, Vern Erickson of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Scott (Vicki) Erickson of Slinger; one sister, Barbara Zembles of Wauwatosa; a niece and nephews Benjamin Erickson and Joel, Joshua and Jessica Zembles; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marge.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson with the Rev. Ralph Paulson of Community of Christ Church officiating. The family greeted relatives and friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. until the time of the services. Memorials are appreciated.

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Schmidt Funeral Home is assisting the family.