Lance Erickson
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 24, 1931
  • Date of passing: Sep 13, 2016
Let the memory of Lance be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lance Erickson, 85, born on March 24, 1931 and passed away on September 13, 2016. We will remember him forever.

In lieu of flowers, Lance would appreciate your contributions to any of the following organizations:

Mother Jones;  Environmental Defense Fund;  PBS;  University of Michigan - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and/or School of Education, Higher Education;  The Heart Institute St. Lukes Houston TX;  Common Cause;  Nature Conservancy;  FINCA;  Accion;  Hospice Austin, Society for Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling.

At his request, the family will have a private celebration of his life, date to be determined. If you would like to join us, please lite a candle or plant a tree (location of your choice), send him your love and share one of your memories with him. He will be there with you.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ellis Amara on 19th September 2016

"What a rich, distinguished, and beloved life Uncle Lance led with his family. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and memories."

This tribute was added by Christel and Mark Collins on 18th September 2016

"Thank you, Daddy, for teaching me to love the natural world; whether a single rock you could take a hammer to on the side of the road or Mendenhall glacier.

The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver

You lived a full and generous life. I hope I can do as well."

This tribute was added by Baker Marilia on 18th September 2016

"To Helen, daughters, sons, grandchildren; Lance's sisters and brothers, my gratitude to have shared a few moments with Lance, here in Phoenix and in Anaheim, at the Evolution of Psychotherapy conference. It was indeed an honor to have met him personally.
My family joins me in celebrating his Life. Sincerely, Marilia Baker"

This tribute was added by Roxanna Erickson-Klein on 18th September 2016

"Dear Aunt Helen and Uncle Lance,
  Thank you for always being so nice to me. I appreciated the love that I felt from you. I loved the knowledge Uncle Lance shared with me. I enjoyed learning about  more about rocks and geology. You are missed ! Aunt Helen thanks for all the love and be grateful for all the joy you had together.
With Love,
Becky Lairson  niece"

This tribute was added by Kristina Erickson on 17th September 2016

"thinking of my big strong brother daily.  His wisdom, family values, strength, and constant good cheer will be with me forever.
I remember always---his joy of life and family, and his great happy smile.
love forever, Kristi"

This tribute was added by Roxanna Erickson-Klein on 15th September 2016

"Somehow have to use my sister Roxie's sign in,    I think Lance would be ok that I have computer challenges.    But this is from Kristi, using Roxies sign in.

Lance was the best brother, a tremendous mentor, a fantastic example of parenting, family, work, fun, enjoying life--just about everything.
I feel so lucky to have had such a wonderful person in my life.
The world is fortunate to have had you here with us, you left the world a better place,  and we will remember you, love you, think of you, be inspired by you----forever and ever.  Love always, youngest sister Kristi"

This tribute was added by Geoffrey Larcom on 15th September 2016

"I remember Lance's radiant face beaming back at the rows above as he watched a U-M football game. He always had that magnetic smile and friendly, welcoming manner. My mother once met Lance in a bank as we waited in line and later exclaimed to me, "Good Lord, is he handsome!" I remember how he called Helen "Cookie," so sweetly as the family played another game of Canasta. I remember what a fine and caring admissions officer Lance was, and how cool it was chatting with him as a teenager and one of Micky's high school friends. So much love in the Erickson family, due greatly to Lance and the fun and caring environment created by him and "Cookie.""

This tribute was added by Mike Donahue on 15th September 2016

"Helen and family.  Mary Jane and I share your deep loss.  Lance was a tremendous role model for me and I greatly appreciated his guidance, wisdom and direction.  He is one of the very best."

This tribute was added by George Goodman on 15th September 2016

"To Helen and the Erickson Family, Judith joins me in extending our deepest sympathy. Lance was a great friend for nearly 50 years going back to the U of M Undergraduate Admissions office. He was a highly principled man who always was concerned about helping others. May the memories of his outstanding life help to ease the pain of your loss."

This tribute was added by Cliff Sjogren on 14th September 2016

"Dear Lance,
You have enriched my life and many others. Countless men and women have been influenced by your style of living and caring for others. You are much loved by those who served with you in the University of Michigan office of undergraduate admissions,

Cliff Sjogren"

This tribute was added by Becky Moleski on 14th September 2016

"What a great ride.  Uncle Lance was my Barbie playing buddy as a child, a listening ear as I gabbed and gabbed as a teen, and a strong presence in so many special moments of my adult life.  I am grateful for that infectious smile and unforgettable laugh.  Love you, Uncle Lance."

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Christel and Mark Collins
Helen Erickson


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