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Elwood Erickson, 86

Elwood E. Erickson of Vadnais Heights, formerly of Kimball, died Monday, March 28, 2011. He was 86.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Elwood Eugene Erickson was born July 29, 1924, in Kimball to Eugene and Mabel Erickson. He enlisted in the United States Army December 1942, and served in Europe during World War II. He debarked at Normandy, France, the second day of that invasion, and after many months of combat, arrived in Berlin just as the war was ending in 1945.

He started his banking career at First National Bank of Minneapolis. In 1946, he started as cashier of the State Bank of Kimball. He owned and served as its president until his retirement in 1985.

Elwood married Lillian Anderson May 18, 1949. He was a member of the Kimball American Legion Post 261, and a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church, as well as several other organizations. He was instrumental in planning and securing funding for the building of the Kimball Golf Club and served on its Board of Directors for many years. He also served as chairman of the Kimball Board of Education and was designated as an honorary life-time member.

He had many hobbies, including painting and wood-carving. He loved all sports and was an avid reader. His most loved hobby was piloting his own airplane, and he made many cross-country flights with family and friends.

Elwood was preceded in death by his parents and his son Jim.

He is survived by his wife Lillian; children Barb (and Dave) Johnson of Kimball, Dick (and Sheila) of Monticello, Bonnie, and Julie both of Vadnais Heights; five grandchildren Tim (and Sara) Johnson, Michael (and Ann) Erickson, James Erickson, and Andrew Erickson; four great-grandchildren Canaan, Brayden, Kailey, and Bree; and two brothers Willis (and Lois) of Fridley, and Ted (and Cindy) of Bloomington. He loved his family dearly and put them first in all decisions.

Arrangements were by the Cremation Society of Minnesota.