Nolan “Duke” Dean Erickson, 94, of rural Ashley, MI passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Ashley Care Center. Nolan was born May 24, 1926 in Lansing, MI the son of Wilfred and Goldie (Henry) Erickson. Nolan graduated from Fulton High School in 1944 and resided all his life in the Ashley area. He married Eileen Anderson on June 20, 1946 and they were married 65 years. Nolan served in World War II as a Field Lineman from 1946-1947 and was a life-long member of VFW Post # 3733 in Fowler. He worked for Warner Swazey for 21 years and retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation in October 1988 after 11 years of service. Nolan was a devoted son, husband, dad, grandpa, and friend. He enjoyed farming, spending time at the cabin, tinkering on things, playing cards, joking around, telling stories of his younger years, and was an avid Detroit Lions fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eileen in 2012; daughter-in-law, Margie Erickson and grandson, Brad Clark. Nolan is survived by three children, Judy Erickson, Michael Erickson and Janet MacLennan and Dennis (Virginia) Erickson all of Ashley; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren and his beloved dog, Duchess. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Interment will follow at Collier Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 until service time at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post #3733. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ashley Care Center, 103 West Wallace Street, Ashley, MI 48806.
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