Howard W. Erickson, age 99, of Duluth, died Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Golden Oaks Assisted Living in Hermantown. He was born May 23, 1921 in Worester, MA to Knute and May (Farnon) Erickson. Howard was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 5th. Fighter Command. He was a 1948 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Howard was employed by Western Electric in Duluth from 1946-1948; U.S. Steel in Duluth from 1948-1973, and U.S. Steel in Gary Ind. from 1973-1983, retiring from there in 1983. He was a member of Duluth’s AAD Temple Shrine and the Euclid Masonic Lodge # 198. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Doris (Melin) Erickson and his second wife Lyla (Black) Erickson. He is survived by his son Dennis (Karen Chopick) Erickson of Johnstown, PA. Howard’s family thanks the staff at Golden Oaks Assisted Living in Hermantown and St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate care given to Howard. Private family services and burial at Forest Hill Cemetery have taken place. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 218-727-3555.
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