Severin "Harry" Erickson went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 11, 2013 at Grace Harbor Adult Family Home in Winlock, surrounded by his loved ones and his Bible nestled on his lap. Harry was born Jan. 19, 1925 to Sam and Julia Erickson in Onalaska,Wash. He was the seventh of nine children in a proud Norwegian family. He enlisted in the Army and was a private Company C 517th Paratrooper Infantry. He Served proudly in World War II in 1943 through 1945. He served in the battle and campaigns in Southern France, Rome, Central Europe, Rhineland, Ardennes and received the European African Middle Eastern service medal, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Service Arrowhead and he also received a Purple Heart.
He was a lifetime logger, avid hunter and fisherman, a devout Christian and the strong patriarch of his family and loved them deeply. He has left behind a long, strong legacy for them. He lived and worked and spread the word of God for many years in Southeast Alaska, where he was always the happiest, eventually he worked and retired in Washington, where his family lived, for the remainder of his life. He continued to bring people to God for many years all over Lewis County.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Kalma, Olga, Stan, Clarice, Hjalmer and Albert; and son in law, Chip Haase.
He is survived by his two sisters, Eileen Bond and Norma Nelson; daughters, Sandy (Clyde), Martha, Carolyn (Jeff); sons, Severin "Skip" (Elizabeth), David (Patti), Erik, Mike (Debbie) and Chris; and many many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
A private graveside service for famiy members will be held at Lone Hill Cemetery in Toledo. He will be laid to rest with his beloved, Norma Louise. Celebration of life services will be held at Olequa Senior Center in Winolck at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
Arrangements made by Cattermole Funeral Home.