Gross Funeral Home



October 5, 1947January 13, 2021

James Lew “Jim” Erichsen, 78, of Hot Springs, went to be with his maker Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He was born to the late Edward “Buster” and Margie “Babe” Erichsen in Stillwater, Minnesota on October 5, 1942.

Jim had completed grade school in Stillwater before moving to St. Paul where he graduated from Harding High in 1960. After graduation, Jim joined the Navy. Boot camp was spent at The Great Lakes Base before heading to New Jersey for parachute rig school. Jim was eventually assigned to the NSA in Millington, Tennessee where he spent the remainder of his naval career.

Jim married Vivian Gray in January of 1964. They welcomed their son, Charles “Chuck” Erichsen, in October of the same year. In the summer of 1965 the family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. Jim worked in the printing industry there for more than 11 years.

Jim moved his family to Hot Springs. He worked for Zane Gray Construction for 15 years before taking a job at the Garland County Sheriff’s Department where he worked until his retirement.

Jim lived a full life and had many hobbies. Parachute jumping, fishing, hunting, and Nascar- to name a few. He was a huge Dale Earnhart, Sr. fan and when Dale Jr. began racing, he was his fan as well.

Jim was loved dearly and will be missed most by his wife of 57 years, Vivian; son, Charles “Chuck” Erichsen (Lois); sister, Merry Kole; brothers John (Jane) Erichsen and Edward “Bud” Erichsen; brother in law Zane (Joyce) Gray; sister in law, Edna Howell; and many more well-loved extended family.

Jim will be greeted in Heaven by his parents and two of his brothers.

A Backyard Celebration of Jim’s Life will be announced in the spring -where family and friends will gather to remember Jim.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.



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Lee Moore

January 21, 2021

My condolences go out to the family. Chuck we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Desiree Foshee

January 21, 2021

Rest in Peace/ Rest in Love 😍 Uncle Jim!! I have so many good and funny memories . You truly are a one of a kind. You were always kind, caring, loving man to me. Even when I was a guest in the Garland County Detention center In 1987 I was calling you Uncle Jim as always and the other women were trying to call you as I did and you told us all you are MR. ERICHSEN and that is how we were to address you!!! The others did as you told them, but I just couldn't you are and always would be my Uncle Jim, but I did try i think a couple times I called Uncle Jim MR. ERICHSEN You will forever live in my heart and memories for until I see you again. I LOVE AND MISS YOU 💯❤❤❤

Shane & Kim (Batterton) Gower

January 21, 2021

Mrs. Viv and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. You are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. You and Jim have been wonderful neighbors to us for many years. We are here if you need us.

Deborah Wilson

January 21, 2021

I'm sorry Chuck I know you will miss him. My memory is of Chuck knowing what kind of a man you are says it all about your Dad. You have lots of memories to cherish. Love you Chuck

Sheila and Kevin Eakin

January 21, 2021

Chuck and Lois:

You are in our prayers as we are both all to familiar with the pain of losing your daddy! We love you both!

Kevin and Sheila

Lois Erichsen

January 21, 2021

Jim was the "BEST FATHER-IN-LAW!"
He helped me with so many things. I can't begin to list them.
I will miss him saying, "Now Missy, '.....'."
Yes. He was hard core but we agreed to disagree. I knew I wasn't going to change his mind and he knew he wasn't going to change my mind.
But he was a great person. I knew I could always count on him; no matter the circumstances.
I will miss you more than you would ever believe Jim.
Until we can be together again, take care my friend.
Love you.
Lois Erichsen