Obituary – August “Gus” Erickson

August Erickson


CHEROKEE, Iowa — August “Gus” Erickson, 72, Cherokee, Iowa, died Sept. 7, 2014, at his residence with his family by his side.

Funeral services were Sept. 13 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee. Father Dan Guenther officiated.

Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee.

Visitation and a prayer service were Sept. 12 at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home, Cherokee.

August F. “Gus” Erickson, the son of Henry Elmer and Mable Irene (Swihart) Erickson, was born May 14, 1942, in Hartington. His childhood years were spent in Hartington where he attended school and graduated from Hartington Public High School in 1960. Following his schooling, Gus worked at a garage in Hartington for a short time before moving to Storm Lake, Iowa, where he helped his brother farm. Gus married Mary Elizabeth Garrett Sept. 12, 1965, in Storm Lake. He worked for Super-Valu Foods and eventually went to work for Fareway Grocery Stores in the meat department. This was the start of a career that would last 41 years. While working for Fareway, they moved to Algona, Iowa, in 1972, and Cherokee, in 1976.

Gus was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing guitar, camping, traveling and woodworking. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Gus enjoyed his coworkers and friends he met while working for Fareway. He will be remembered as a gentle man who was willing to help anyone in need. He will also be remembered for his mischievous smile and the jokes he loved to play.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Beth Erickson, Cherokee, Iowa; his three children: Kimberly Ann Erickson, Des Moines, Iowa; Kelly Eugene Erickson, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Kevin Ray Erickson, Sioux City, Iowa; one grandson, Dylan Iowa; and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mable Erickson; and two brothers, Kenneth and Leonard Erickson.