Arthur Raymond Erickson, 90

Published 11:01 am Monday, June 9, 2014

Arthur Raymond Erickson, 90, of Blooming Prairie, died Friday June 6, 2014, at his home.



He was born May 11, 1924, in Decorah, Iowa, to Harry and Gina (Ramsey) Erickson. From an early age Art grew up in the Albert Lea Area. On May 25, 1947, Art married Anna Mae Anderson at East Freeborn Lutheran Church in rural Albert Lea. For the first 10 years of their marriage they farmed near Chester, Iowa, before moving to their farm in Blooming Prairie Township, Steele County. Art retired from farming in 1979, and in 1990 he and Anna moved into Blooming Prairie. He was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2258 in Albert Lea. Art enjoyed his home and “tinkering” in the garage. He loved animals, especially his two cats, and often cared for strays and neglected animals when needed. In their younger days, he and Anna enjoyed dancing to polka music, and Saturday night dances at the Albert Lea Eagles Club.

Survivors include his children, David (Marie) Erickson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Nancy (Brad) Clark of Blooming Prairie; grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Bruggeman of Austin, and David Clark of Winona; great-grandson, Casey Bruggeman; brothers, Norton (Ruby) Erickson of North Branch, Dale Erickson of Arden Hills, and Glenn (Diane) Erickson of Maple Grove.

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Art was preceded in death by his wife Anna M. Erickson in 2005; parents; and sister, Mae Christiansen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with Pastor Charles Leonard and Pastor Heidi Heimgartner officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Blooming Prairie Cemetery.  Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at