ELWOOD-Ronald O. Erickson, 75, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at his home in Elwood.
Ronald was born in Decatur, IL on Feb. 2, 1942. He graduated from Joliet Township High School, joined and served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Ronald dedicated 31 years of his life to the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers during which time his responsibilities include field crew and repair work, diver and underwater welding, and ended his career as an Assistant Lock-Master. Ronald was a member/trustee at Wilmington VFW Post #5422 during which time he volunteered his time for activities including multiple visits to the LaSalle and Manteno Veteran's Nursing Homes. Ronald was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed wood working, repairing any and everything, fishing, yard work, bird watching, and spending time with family and friends. Ronald was married to the love of his life, Linda L. Erickson (Hagan) on March 24, 1973 to whom he was a devoted husband for 43 years. He was the beloved father to Melissa (Matt) Swick, Daniel (Jennifer) Erickson, Steven (Nichole) Erickson, cherished "Papa" of Caleb, Ella, Lexy (Chance), Gabrielle, Maya, Gwenivere, Mason, and Grace, and proud great grandfather to Weston Bentley, loving brother to Patty (Gerald- deceased) Barnes and Joan (Henry- deceased) Colbert, a cousin to Jack better known as Ronald's "Ronnie's" twin, nephew to Doris (Danny- deceased) Kramerich, brother-in-law to Louise (Joseph- deceased) Gersich, Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Ronald was preceded in death by his beloved wife Linda L. Erickson, his parents Oscar and Helen Erickson, his siblings Bonnie Rambo/Wichert and Betty Salefski, and three brother-in-laws Jack Rambo, Robert Wichert, William Salefski.
A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by funeral service from 12 p.m. to 1p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Forsythe Gould Funeral Home, Manhattan, IL.
Committal service with full military honors performed by Wilmington VFW Post 5422 and inurnment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ronald's name to Joliet Area Community Hospice (250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431), St. Joseph Catholic Church (Manhattan, IL), Cancer Research Institute, or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Forsythe Gould Funeral Home, 507 S. State St. (Rt. 52), Manhattan, IL 60442, 815-478-3321, www.forsythegouldfh.com.