Vernon Clifford Erickson
June 30 1918 – October 30 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great grandfather. Vernon Clifford Erickson passed away peacefully on October 30, 2013 at the age of 95. He leaves behind a lifetime of memories, laughter and enduring love for all of us to remember him by. Vern has been reunited with the love of his life Doris, their daughter Elinore Speed, his parents Jeano and Mary, four brothers, three sisters and many other relatives and friends. Vern was born June 30, 1918 on the family farm in the Calumet District east of Ponoka. He attended school at Calumet and farmed with the family until he joined the Canadian Army in 1942 serving his country until his discharge in 1946. When Vern returned home he bought his grandfather Charlie Erickson’s farm in the Asker District and soon after met and married Doris and raised their family on the farm. He owned and operated his milk truck business from 1956 – 1969 and made many friends throughout the area. In 1972 Vern and Doris purchased the Ponoka Trailer Court and lived there for three years before retiring to the home they built in Riverside. They spent their last year together in their Heritage retirement home. After Doris passed in November of 2007, Vern moved to Rimoka Senior’s Lodge, then to Northcott Care Centre where he spent the final years of his life. Vern was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ponoka Drop in Centre where he loved to play pool and shuffleboard with his friends. He enjoyed travelling, camping, fishing, square dancing, playing cards, going to garage sales and “fixing stuff”. Vern always had some project that he was working on but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Vern will be forever remembered by son Bruce and his wife Margaret, son Jim and his wife Susan, daughter Patti Adamson, son Neil and his wife Shirley and daughter Donna Martin and her husband Jerry. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, one brother Ralph and his wife Florence, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Ponoka Funeral Home with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, STARS Air Ambulance, or the Ponoka Wheelchair Van Society. To express condolences to Vernon’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
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