August F. "Gus" Erickson, the son of Henry Elmer and Mable Irene (Swihart) Erickson, was born on May 14, 1942, in Hartington, NE. His childhood years were spent in Hartington where he attended school and graduated from Hartington Public High School in 1960. Following his schooling, Gus worked at a garage in Hartington for a short time before moving to Storm Lake, IA where he helped his brother farm.
On September 12, 1965, Gus was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Garrett in Storm Lake, IA. Gus worked for Super-Valu Foods and eventually went to work for Fareway Grocery Stores in the meat department. This was the start of a career that would last 41 years. While working for Fareway, they moved to Algona, IA, in 1972, and Cherokee, IA in 1976.
Gus was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing guitar, camping, traveling, and woodworking. In his later years he enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Gus enjoyed his coworkers and friends he met while working for Fareway. He will be remembered as a gentle man who was willing to help anyone in need. He will also be remembered for his mischievous smile and the jokes he loved to play.
On September 7, 2014, Gus passed away at his home surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mable Erickson; and two brothers, Kenneth and Leonard Erickson.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Beth Erickson, of Cherokee, IA; his three children: Kimberly Ann Erickson of Des Moines, IA, Kelly Eugene Erickson, of Phoenix, AZ, and Kevin Ray Erickson, of Sioux City, IA; one grandson, Dylan Munday; his siblings, Helen Petersen of West Branch, IA, and Keith Erickson of South Sioux City, IA; he is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, IA.
Father Dan Guenther
Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Friday evening with the family present during that time. There will be a 7:00 P.M. prayer service Friday night at the funeral home.
Organist- Charlotte Groves
Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery