Jan. 21, 1932-Aug. 10, 2012
Allen L. Erickson, 80, of Lake Park, died on Friday, August 10, 2012 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.
Allen L. Erickson was born to Alex and Emma (Solein) Erickson on January 21, 1932, in Gully, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Gully until the ninth grade, and graduated from Fosston High School in 1950. He then attended college at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1955.
During the summer months, while in college, Allen worked for Mark's Drug Store in Fosston. He also worked in drug stores in Crystal and Edina, Minn., while attending college. Allen joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Montgomery, Ala.
On June 23, 1956, he married Arlys Hasselton in Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston. Allen and Arlys then moved to San Angelo, Texas, where Allen was stationed at Good Fellow Air Force Base. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force on November 13, 1957, at which time they moved to Lake Park.
Upon moving to Lake Park to work for Vic Wahl at the Nelson Drug Store, Allen and Arlys agreed that they were only going to stay for a few years. Fifty-five years later, they still were residing in Lake Park, because of the kind and compassionate people in the community.
Allen purchased Nelson Drug Store in 1969, where he worked until his retirement in 2003.
Allen enjoyed all types of sports, specifically the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. He was an avid deer hunter who didn't miss a single season at Third River Deer Camp near Blackduck, Minn., since he was a young boy. He also enjoyed playing cards at the Legion and spent many afternoons golfing.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing baseball, softball, basketball and football as well as snowmobiling. Allen was a member of Lake Park Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Lake Park City Council, the Lake Park Lions and the Lake Park American Legion.
Surviving Allen are his wife of 56 years, Arlys Erickson of Lake Park; his two daughters, Deanne (Scott) Anderson of Lake Park and Karen (Roy) Criss of Clive, Iowa; three grandchildren, Kelly (Holly) Anderson, Ashley Anderson and Maizy Criss; one great grandchild, Gavin Anderson; and one sister, Elaine (Chuck) Haugen of Baxter, Minn.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his son, Mark Allen Erickson.
Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 in Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park, followed with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 in Lake Park Lutheran Church, with interment following in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wright Funeral Home, Lake Park, An online guestbook is at www.wrightfuneral.com.