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Friday, October 30, 2009

Richard W. Erickson, 78, of Hare Creek Road,Corry, PA

Corry, PA - Richard W. Erickson, 78, of Hare Creek Road died Monday (Oct. 26, 2009) at his residence.

Born June 28, 1931, in Olean, NY, he was a son of the late Edward H. and Frances M. Tennies Erickson. On July 2, 1955, in Coryville, PA, he married the former Mary Joanne Rees, who survives.

Mr. Erickson was raised and educated in Olean, NY where he graduated from high school in 1949. From 1950 to 1954, he served as a radio operator with the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to Olean and worked for the former Clark Bros. Co., now Dresser-Rand Industries.

Mr. Erickson then moved to Erie and began employment with General Electric Co. where he worked for a few years before moving to the Corry, PA area in the late 1970s.

For many years, he worked at the former Ajax Iron Works and in the mid 1980s started working at Knox-Western Inc. in Erie. He retired from there as a design engineer in the early 2000s but continued to work as a consultant until the present time.

He attended the Cutting (NY) Community Church and was a member of Masonic Lodge #555 in Duke Center, PA. He enjoyed woodworking, reading and animals. He was a nature lover and was also a licensed pilot.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Carol A. (Michael) Tessena of Coryville, PA and Barbara L. Erickson of Baldwinsville, NY; a son, Michael E. (Molly) Erickson of Columbus, PA; five grandchildren, Joseph M. Erickson, Stephanie L. Erickson, Daniel P. Erickson, Kelly L. Keck and Andrew R. Tessena; and a sister, Shirley J. (James) Herson of Ithaca, NY.

There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held by the family, with Pastor Rick Maas of the Cutting Community Church officiating. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, NY.

The family suggests memorials be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Palace Business Center, 915 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or to the Cutting Community Church, P.O. Box 69, Clymer, NY 14724.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, PA.

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