Dr. Richard C. Erickson

Dr. Richard C. Erickson

Dr. Richard Charles Erickson, of Columbia, passed away at his home on Friday, January 8, 2016, at age 80 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  

He was born in Springfield, Minnesota, June 5, 1935, to Lawrence and Mildred (Dorow) Erickson.  He spent most of his childhood in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated from Davenport High School in 1954.  He served four years in the US Navy: two as a diver in the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth and two as a ship fitter on the destroyer USS Bordelon.  He earned a BA in Industrial Arts Education from the University of Northern Iowa, with a minor in Fine Arts where he excelled in ceramics.  He then earned MA and PhD degrees in Industrial Education from the University of Maryland and Purdue University, respectively.  He served on the faculty at Purdue until 1970, when he moved to Northern Illinois University as Professor and University Coordinator for Vocational and Technical Education.  In 1978 he came to the University of Missouri as Professor and Chair of Practical Arts, Vocational and Technical Education, where he served until his retirement in 1992.   

In his retirement, he continued to mentor students, founded Erickson Properties focusing on commercial real estate, and established the Vasculitis Association pilot research grant program based on his experience with battling vasculitis for over 20 years.  He also created pottery and hand-crafted furniture. 

He is survived by his wife, Nan Begeman Erickson; his children, Deborah Erickson, Kimberly Erickson Gladbach, and Sean Erickson; sons-in-law, Michael Fried and Stanley Gladbach; grandchildren, Caitlin and Bethany Gladbach; and sister-in-law, Ann Begeman.    

Services, arranged by the Schlanker Funeral Home, Montgomery City, Missouri, are as follows:  Visitation on Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Missouri United Methodist Church Chapel, 204 S. Ninth Street, Columbia, Missouri, and funeral services on Friday, January 15, 2016, 10:30 a.m., in the Missouri United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Columbia, Missouri, with military graveside services at Bellflower Cemetery, Bellflower, Missouri.

Suggested memorials are the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188; or to the Bellflower Cemetery Association, 1064 Highway DD, Bellflower, MO   63333.  

Schlanker Funeral Home of Montgomery City, Missouri, is in charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com

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