OBITUARY

John Gerard Erickson

March 31, 1959October 8, 2021
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John G. Erickson Age 62, of Rosemount (former longtime Woodbury resident) went home to the Lord on Friday, October 8, 2021

Preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mary Erickson; infant brother, Jimmy; father-in-law, Ed Okubo; beloved pets, Teddy the beagle and Tucker the lab.

John will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Glo; sons, Kyle (Annie), Dane (wife Kelsey), and Evan (Delaney); grandson, Coulter; siblings, Barbara (David), Eileen (Chuck), Mary (Paul); mother-in-law, Pearl Okubo; brother-in-law, Randy; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Rick). He will also be missed by cherished relatives, friends, colleagues and community members.

John’s faith was essential to him and influenced all that he did. He led a life of integrity as a devoted husband, father, papa and friend. John was a mentor and coach who poured his heart into the lives of countless athletes across multiple generations. Whether coaching his own sons or the greater community, John loved to “coach ‘em up”.

Though gone from this earth too soon, John lived a full and vibrant life. He was a great storyteller who loved to share his life experiences with others. The best way to honor his legacy will be through the retelling of these stories and sharing of our memories.

Visitation will be 5:30 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at WULFF WOODBURY Funeral Home 2195 Woodlane Drive Woodbury, MN 55125. *Please do not arrive prior to 5:30 pm.

Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Inwood Oaks Event Center located at 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale, MN. with second visitation time starting at 12noon until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s honor may be made to The Animal Humane Society. WulffWoodburyFuneralHome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mary Erickson; infant brother, Jimmy; father-in-law, Ed Okubo; beloved pets, Teddy the beagle and Tucker the lab.
    John will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Glo; sons, Kyle (Annie), Dane (wife Kelsey), and Evan (Delaney); grandson, Coulter; siblings, Barbara (David), Eileen (Chuck), Mary (Paul); mother-in-law, Pearl Okubo; brother-in-law, Randy; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Rick). He will also be missed by cherished relatives, friends, colleagues and community members

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Memories

John Gerard Erickson

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Mary & Gary Schulz

October 20, 2021

Glo,
We were always thrilled when John was Matt or Will's coach - so many good hockey memories....
The saying is "it talks a village to raise a child"...grateful that John was a part of our "village"... he made a difference...
We can't imagine your loss...
Thinking of you, Kyle, Dane, Evan and all of your family...
Mary & Gary Schulz

Sheila Myers Beck

October 20, 2021

Dearest Erickson Family. Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Husband, Dad and Grandpa. Your family was one of the first families we became friends with when we moved to Woodbury. We have so many great memories of John coaching the boys! All those away tournaments, all us parents and Coaches hanging out. So many laughs together. Such special sweet times. John will be missed by many,, but his Spirit remains. God Bless John and his Family. Sending Prayers and love.

Jerry Bren

October 20, 2021

Dear Erickson Family:

My sincere condolences to you for the loss of John. I had the privilege to play hockey with John at Gustavus for two years and will never forget the time we spent after practices perfecting the breakaway ( as his goaltender I was always glad to know he was on our team). More importantly, John was cheerful, encouraging and supportive of his underclassmen teammates. I am grateful for the time we did spend together and, most recently, reconnecting at a Gustavus event. RIP my friend. Heaven is getting a good one.

Jerry Bren '83

ray marron

October 20, 2021

Where do I start? John and I met our freshman year of college at Gustavus. We sat together in the back row of Biology 101. He was the coolest guy I had ever met. He was playing soccer and had to go out of town for a game and wanted my notes. It grew into a lasting friendship for many years. John introduced me to Soccer, Hockey, boxer shorts and girls. He wore his hair long and reminded me of a rock star. I came from Southern Minnesota he came from Duluth. I was short and he was tall. I was a wrestler he was a hockey and soccer star. We could not have been any more different, yet we were friends. John was like that. I was proud to be his friend. We were roomies our sophomore year and both got into a tiny bit of trouble during Hockey and Wrestling season especially on case day. It was probably a good idea to discontinue our roommate status. Our lives continued to intersect throughout college and after graduation we lived together in Bloomington with Bob, Scott and our dogs. Animal House had nothing on us. It was there we developed our professional careers and solidified our search for our perfect wives. Who would have thought Glo and Margot could tame us and become our partners for life? We fell out of touch for over 25 years. I often wondered what became of John and would hear of his successes with coaching and mentoring his sons. A few years ago, we met again at our mutual friend Ditty’s wedding. Glo and John arrived, and they sat in front of me as the ceremony proceeded. He looked at me and said with a quirky smile “do I know you?” We hugged. Immediately the years dissolved, and we were back in Bio class giggling and telling our life stories. My regret is I never had the time to reconnect and meet his sons. To tell them how much John meant to me in his own special way. To let them know how many lives he touched and the joy he brought to all of us in our early years. I will cherish his memory forever.

Rick Hjelm

October 19, 2021

I had the pleasure to play hockey with John at Gustavus for 2 years.
He had an ability to light up a locker room and lift up those around him. I always enjoyed seeing him at Gustavus hockey events.
As a 2 time All-America player, he was fun to watch. He leveraged his skills and intellect as a player. He was always a great teammate and a great guy. I am truly sorry for your loss and I am grateful that I was able to know him.

May God bless the Erickson family.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Sincerely submitted
Rick Hjelm

Mike Dittberner

October 18, 2021

John was a good friend in college and was one of my housemates at Gustavus our senior year. He was a tremendous soccer and hockey athlete, was highly intelligent, but also knew how to have a good time. He could sense injustice and would stand up for the underdog. He had a wry sense of humor, and I will never forget his laugh and goofy grin when he was amused by something absurd or silly. I wasn’t able to see as much of him after college as I wished, but was honored that he and Gloria were able to make it to my wedding three years ago. I will miss him. He was a good man. Gloria and his sons have my deepest condolences.

Mike Hayden

October 18, 2021

Back in high school I had a 66 Rambler with 3 on the tree. A group of us were hanging out behind the London House up in Duluth MN. I was sitting there and noticed that my car was rolling toward the big lake. Just before it hit the rocks it stops. Johnny pops up with that big xxxx eating grin on his face. Many good times with the guy.... Will be missed at the next reunion.

Juli Thomas

October 17, 2021

Deepest sympathy to John’s family. He was a wonderful co-worker at Fairview - never a dull meeting with John present! Heaven got another angel. RIP John

Kathy Knight

October 17, 2021

I worked with John for many years, often in circumstances of stress. His ability to remain calm, lighten the moment with humor and his patience for those of us who were on our last nerve were qualities I deeply admired. I am so sorry for this shocking loss of a very good man. Blessings for John and your entire family. Best Regards, Kathy Knight

John Lockhart

October 16, 2021

Glo and John’s family - John is one of my all time favorite people. I’m sad to hear this news. Pictures of your special life together are great. Thanks for sharing. Love, John

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