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James "Jim" Erickson

James "Jim" Erickson

August 5, 2020

James (Jim) Erickson 

James Richard Erickson, age 67, peacefully passed away at his home on August 5, 2020.  His beloved family was by his side to see him cross the finish line in his battle against Parkinson’s disease and multiple myeloma.

Jim was born on October 23, 1952, to David O. and Katherine (Price) Erickson in Stanley, WI. He attended Stanley-Boyd area schools all his life, graduating in 1970. During his time in high school he participated in several sports, including football, baseball, basketball, and track, with football being his favorite. He continued to be one of Stanley-Boyd’s biggest fans, attending football games until he became physically unable to do so. His love of sports continued after high school when he played on several softball and bowling leagues and coached his sons’ T-ball teams. He was also a lifetime Wisconsin sports fan, cheering on the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks. In addition to sports, Jim enjoyed deer and turkey hunting.

On August 16, 1975, he married Robin Herman at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thorp, WI. They remained loving companions for nearly forty-five years. Milwaukee, WI, became their home for a few years when Jim worked in construction. They later moved to Eau Claire, where Jim worked at Farm and Fleet, followed by his employment with the United States Postal Service. Jim was the beloved mailman on his walking route in Eau Claire’s Third Ward for 22 years, after which he had a driving route in Altoona; he retired in 2012.  During his time working at the post office, he came to know and had great affection for residents on his route, many of whom became Jim’s lifelong friends. He particularly enjoyed seeing the residents’ children as they grew and eventually graduated from high school.

Jim’s absolute passion was classic rock. He and Robin attended almost 150 concerts through the years. Jim had a phenomenal memory for song lyrics and artists’ names, probably due to his having a collection of over 400 music CDs. 

He will also be forever remembered for many other things, including taking on family members and friends in cribbage and poker games. He had a wonderful sense of humor and especially enjoyed watching his favorite TV show, Saturday Night Live. Food-- sweets in particular--was one of his true pleasures. Most of all, though, Jim was a devoted family man; he never complained, even during the most difficult days of his declining health.

He is survived by and will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Robin, and his two sons, Mark (Jess) Erickson of Chippewa Falls, and Nick Erickson of Eau Claire. He is further survived by three very special granddaughters, Grace, Josephine, and Madeline; one step-granddaughter, Samantha; and two step-great grandchildren, Lily and Rory. Other survivors include his sister Ellen (Bill) Babbit of Thorp, WI; Beth Young (Glenn Smith) of Stanley, WI; nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many friends. Jim is also survived by his most loyal and loving dog, Lowie, recliner companion and fierce defender.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents; brother, Dennis; sister-in-law, Susan Erickson; one who was thought of as a sister-in-law, Sue Meyers; mother and father-in-law (Robert and Colleen Herman); beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to Drs. Sandeep Basu, Zach Wilson, and Sakti Chakabarti; the many angels in the Albert Dunlap Cancer Care Center; and hospice nurses Felicia and Shannon. You will always be remembered for your excellent, compassionate care; second to none, you will always have a special and lasting place in our hearts. We would also like to thank Father James Kurzynski of St. Olaf Parish for his spiritual guidance and kindness. 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center (1717 Devney Drive in Altoona; behind Charter Spectrum), with Father James Kurzynski officiating. This service will be broadcasted live on Chippewa Valley Cremation Services Facebook page. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m at the Celebration of Life Center.

Everyone is expected to wear masks per our state mandate. Masks will not be provided. Memorials may be made to the family.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family. 

Visitation

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center in Altoona.

Service

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center in Altoona.

Florist Information

May's Floral, Eau Claire - All flowers should be delivered to the Celebration of Life Center by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 11

Condolences

  • John & Lynne Young Robin & family, we were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We live in the 3rd ward, & Jim was dear to our hearts as our mailman. He was also the luckiest guy; he'd tell me of all the things he won & the concerts you went to.
    Our deepest sympathies.

    August 13 at 8:23pm

  • Janet Bonnin Sending prayers to all the Erickson family you are in my thoughts today. Jim will forever be missed by so many! Love you all

    August 11 at 11:59am

  • Anne and Mike LaVick Robin, Nick, Mark, and families,

    You have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. In reading other posts, it is obvious that Jim was a wonderful mailman and a wonderful friend. We know he was a wonderful husband and father. Although we did not spend a lot of time with your family, the time we were able to be with you at various events were always so enjoyable and appreciated. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead.
    Anne and Mike LaVick

    August 11 at 11:24am

  • Barbara Teslaw Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!
    Jim always had that bright, happy smile, whether he was delivering our mail or when we would stop over for a mini-visit.
    Robin you are to be commended for the love, dedication and support that you gave Jim!
    It is obvious how much you two loved each other! God blessed you two with a special love and marriage!
    Prayers, hugs and love,
    Dave and Barb Teslaw
    Due to our age and Covid 19, we have decided to participate in the online ceremony.

    August 10 at 11:14PM

  • Lois Klay Robyn and family you have my deepest sympathies. I was a classmate of Jim’s and have memories of many fun times. Please take care.

    August 10 at 6:29PM

  • Catherine and Bob Davis Our condolences to the Erickson family with the passing of Jim, the "best darned mailman" and friend ever. We were one of Jim's route families in the 3rd ward, living there from 1971 until 1998. I always enjoyed my conversations with Jim about the Badgers. He always had a kind word for our children and showed them the type of cherry attitude one can have towards work and life in general. A great man!

    August 9 at 9:09AM

  • Karen and Tim Hirsch To Robin and Family,
    We send our love and condolences to you for the loss of Jim. We live in the third ward, and we loved Jim for being such a caring, friendly mailman. We knew he loved us, too. When he had to quit the walking route and take a driving route, he delivered to two of our good Altoona friends, so we got to ask them how Jim was doing. We will miss Jim, but we have strong, good memories of him, and we always will. Love to all of you. Karen and Tim

    August 8 at 11:00AM

  • Paul Szemraj Uncle Jim was the Google and Shazam of Classic Rock rolled into one person!

    August 7 at 1:16PM

  • Danny and Norma Price Dan and I send our deepest sympathies to your family in the too soon loss of someone so important and loved in your life.Thinking of you all. Love Danny and Norma

    August 7 at 7:49AM

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