Kenneth J. Erickson, 92
March 7 1924 — August 23, 2016
Kenneth J. “Ken” Erickson, 92, of West Bend, entered eternal life Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at home while surrounded by his loving family.
Ken was born March 7, 1924, in Stonington, Michigan, the son of the late Charles and Hilma (nee Helm) Erickson. In 1949, he was united in marriage to Betty Baldwin in Milwaukee.
Ken served his country in the U.S. Army in both World War II and the Korean War. It was in between tours where he was stationed in Milwaukee when he met Betty. After his military service Ken worked as a union sheet metal worker in Milwaukee until retirement.
Ken enjoyed collecting stamps and coins. His greatest joys came from spending time with his family on Sundays.
Those Ken leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 65 years, Betty; five children, Charles Erickson of St. Cloud, Dwight (Heidi) Erickson of Kinross, Michigan, Kathy Erickson of West Bend, Valerie Erickson of Waupun and Karen Erickson of Milwaukee; 14 grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Blanch Michael of Milwaukee and Marcella Treduo of Gladstone, Michigan; a sister-in-law, Cindy Erickson of Gladstone, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Charles Erickson Jr., Lilly Erickson and Eric Schmidt; a daughter-in-law, Bev Erickson; two brothers, Melton Erickson and Charles Erickson; four sisters, Margret, Marion, Hazel and Gladys (Rudy) Novack; and two brothers-in-law, Cliff Michael and Jim Treduo.
A funeral service for Ken will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend) with the Rev. Bill Dushek officiating. Burial will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 29, at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
The Erickson family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Ken’s arrangements. Additional information and online guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.
The Erickson family would like to extended their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Horizon Hospice for their wonderful care of Ken, especially Nancy, Lindsey and Tammy.