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Robert O. Erickson

Robert Otto Erickson, 83 of Platte, SD stepped in to eternity on December 24, 2013.

He was born to Otto and Emma (Ninnemann) Erickson on December 14, 1930. He attended LaRouche Elementary school and Platte High School and graduated in 1949. He enlisted in the Army in 1951; after boot camp he married MaryLee McGarvie on May 7, 1952. After 17 months in Korea he returned to farm 10 miles west of Platte.

Robert served on the Castelia School Board, Platte School Board and Federal Land Bank Board. He was active in coaching little league baseball and the Trinity Lutheran Church Board.

Due to health problems he stopped farming and worked for Joe Mika farm, Platte Farmers Elevator, Dakota Manufacturing and did maintenance at the Platte Hospital and Nursing Home and was janitor at Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and gardening. He took joy in teaching his grandsons to fish.

He is survived by his wife MaryLee, three children Terry Erickson, Platte; Michael Erickson, Platte; Cheri (Rick) Knight, Mitchell, SD. Five grandchildren Travis (Tirzah) Knight; Jason Knight; Eric (Mariah) Knight; Jeremy (Kathryn) Knight and Levi Knight. One great- grandson, Xander Knight. Two brothers, Gordon Erickson Minot, ND; and Bruce (Karen) Erickson, Platte SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dean and sister Lavonne.