Carl E. Erickson


Carl E. Erickson, age 89, of Clinton, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Westwood Living Center.

Carl was born December 24, 1927 to Paul Erickson and Sarah (Rymer) Erickson of Sedalia, MO.  After high school, Carl enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII aboard the USS Fargo and the USS Wyoming.  He also served in the Marine Corps and was very proud of being a Veteran. He married Alida Lyn Moore on July 25, 1950 in Kansas City and they raised their daughters in the KC area.

Carl married Karen J. Towle on August 11, 1976 in Denver, CO where they resided most of the time until 2004 when they moved to Clinton, MO to be close to Carl’s family.  Carl spent 35 years in Electrical Engineering management, project supervision and design and that involved moving and living in different locations.  Karen was good at packing.   He also served on a number of boards and councils in Denver including the Cannon City District Advisory council with the Dept. of the Interior Bureau of Land Management and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.  Carl was appointed to and then elected Director on the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board where he was responsible for 150,000 people in the Denver Metro Area.  RTD got the Light Rail system going and Carl was involved in all aspects of that.  He loved it and got to travel and eat out often.  He would call from Seattle and tell me about the wonderful steak for dinner.  I would say “I had soup”.  In 1987 we bought a 38’ houseboat in St Petersburg, FL and planned to live there full-time, but Carl got a consulting position in Denver and we had to go back and forth.  “The Two Best Days”.  He also planned a Welcome Home Parade in 1991 after Desert Storm and worked with the Air Force Academy and the Generals and staff at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs to arrange a fly-over by the B-2 Stealth Bomber.  There was lots of military hardware and people got the opportunity to meet the pilots and see equipment.  (Good military recruiting!)

Moving to Clinton in 2004 was a good decision and we were able to do “Family” things – weddings, showers, graduations and time with Children and Grandchildren.  Carl was fully retired and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Henry County Historical Society in Clinton where he spent many pleasurable hours in the Military room.  It was a good marriage, a long marriage, a happy marriage.

Survivors include his wife, Karen of the home; three daughters, Christine McFarland (Gary) of Overland Park KS, Carol Montague (Steve) of Kansas City, MO and Sally Lewis of Overland Park, KS; seven grandchildren, Lesley May (Jeff), John McFarland, Mike Montague (Kim), Ryan Montague (Debra), Laura Burmeister (Eric), Kelsey Mathias (BZ) and Megan Lewis (Brad); also 9 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and other family members and friends.

Preceding him is death were his parents; three siblings; and one infant great-grandson.

The family will receive visitors at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Green Room of the Clinton, United Methodist Church.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carl E. Erickson Memorial Fund and left in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd St., Clinton, MO 64735.

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Bonnie Glass

Karen, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

 Posted August 7, 2017 - 6:53pm
Donna Mott

Karen, my sincere condolences. Carl was so helpful to me when he taught Tai Chi.

 Posted July 5, 2017 - 8:20pm
Beverly Arnold & John Biagioli

Sally, our thoughts & prayers are with you & all your family.

 Posted July 2, 2017 - 10:27am
Donald Abell

Sending my condolences and love to Karen, my cousins Christine, Carol, Sally and there children and grandchildren and the extended family. I am so proud of my Uncle Carl who was very instrumental in helping me forge my way through my adolescent years and up until his death. I am honored to have such an astute and involved father figure so close at hand. I will never forget that if it wasn't for Uncle Carl I would have never hunted something men do. It was cold, snowy, and blustery that day but I was flushing out them silwee Wabbits with my brother and Uncle and his new compound bow and I was in so/father land . I understand my Uncle is a born again Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior while in Denver, CO with his beautiful bride Karen. I have many more wonderful time kept memories especially staying with my In me, Aunt and beautiful cousins. Wow, I loved those days. God bless the Uncle Carl and the entire family and our wonderfully blessed extended family. With sincere love always, in Christ, Don

 Posted June 29, 2017 - 10:18am
Sheila Abell

Karen, Vince deeply regrets not having the time to see his favorite uncle more often in his later years. are thoughts and prayers are with you and the family! Sincerely, with deepest sorrow, Vince,Sheila and family

 Posted June 28, 2017 - 11:56am
Donna & Roy Stern

Karen thinking of you and the girls. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you as you celebrate his life and grieve your loss. Carl was a charming, engaging man. We so enjoyed his friendship. He was a man of many talents & interests.

 Posted June 27, 2017 - 2:05pm

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