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In Memory of David Erickson


2 to 8PM Thursday August 5th, O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

2PM Friday August 6th, Bethel Lutheran Highlands Church, 504 Frontage Rd in Hudson

David Bradley Erickson, 55, of Lakeland Shores, Minnesota, (formerly of Hudson, Wisconsin) died on Wednesday July 28, 2010 as a result of a motorcycle accident outside Bozeman, Montana.

David was born on February 4th, 1955. He was the only son to Claire and Betty Lou (Lohman) Erickson.  The family resided in Hudson.  David graduated from Hudson High School in the class of 1973.  He furthered his education at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado and at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

On October 6th 1979, David was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Debra “Debi” Iverson, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson.  The couple initially met during Sunday School classes, at Bethel, in second grade. David and Debi were further blessed with children, Ashley, Bradley, and Grady.

David was Grandson to Herman Erickson.  The Herman Erickson Family moved to Hudson in 1939 and was involved in retail business.  In 1950, the company diversified into the gasoline business with their first store in Red Wing, Minnesota.  In 1981, Herman’s company divided and the Claire Erickson Family became solely involved in the retail gasoline business, Erickson Oil Products – DBA Freedom Valu Centers.

David started with the 3rd generation company, pumping gasoline at a full-service store in downtown Hudson.  He spent the majority of his life working with the company in various positions: driving the semi-trucks that handled the distribution of fuel and merchandise, Construction Department, interim Store Manager, District Manager, and Executive Vice President.  Most recently, David was honored to hold the title of President – Chief Executive Officer.  His responsibilities included the administration to the daily and overall operation of the company and efficiency measures.  He was proud that each of his valued employees received a hand-signed birthday card.  His favorite aspect of the business was real estate development.

David was also the Chairman and Director of Lake Area Bank (Lindstrom, Minnesota).  The Claire Erickson Family purchased Security State Bank in 1985.  There are currently 8 locations within the northeast metro quadrant.

David was grateful and proud to mentor under his father, Claire.  The two were able to work side by side for many years.  They grew both personally and professionally together.  They were more than business partners; they were best friends.  Claire instilled the fundamentals of business and the value of relationships.  Most importantly, he taught David about honor and integrity.

David learned his hard work ethic through his dad. He taught these principles to his kids through tough love.  He had the highest expectations of his kids and hoped they could have a better and more successful life than him. His family was the center of his world and he was so proud of his children. 

In addition to his role with the family business, David was very connected within the industry.  He has served on the legislative committee for the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, SIGMA.  He was also a member of the National Association for Convenience Stores, NACS, and the Minnesota Petroleum Association.  He had many great vendor relationships that had a special place in his heart.   

David was a part of many study groups.  The study groups would meet to share ideas and business strategies.  He had many special friends in his YPO-WPO Forum 16 and his “700 Study Group”.  The camaraderie that was shared between these groups was priceless to him.

Being involved in various civic organizations, David was known by many to be a community leader.  He was a sponsor of the Lower St. Croix River Valley’s Yellow Ribbon Network Alliance, a group that provides support to military personnel and their families.  He also contributed his time and resources to the Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics, United States Ski Association, and many more.

All business set aside, David was larger than life.  His zest for life was unparalleled.  He loved his family.  He took pride in providing experiences that would enrich his family’s lives.  In his younger years, he coached each of his children’s sports teams: the Blue Jays, Jets, Rainbow Brites, etc.  He loved escorting his family on family vacations.  The family has traveled to most of the National Parks in the notorious “Gonzo”.  Other favorites were, Canada fishing trips, Caribbean sailing trips, and mountain excursions.  David loved the outdoors – the mountains, the rivers, and the oceans.

Besides his family, aviation and flying was his ultimate passion.  It is a hobby that Claire and David were able to share together.  David shared with his family by captaining family vacations to Canada, the Bahamas, and many others places within the country.  David was fortunate enough to pilot his own King Air C90GT Raisbeck. 

One of his favorite destinations was out West.  He loved the mountains, dry air, and bright blue sky of Colorado and Montana.  David and Debi have a vacation home in Whitefish, Montana.  His hobbies in the mountains included: four-wheeling, snowmobiling, motorcycling, and especially skiing.  It was an accomplishment that David taught each of his kids to ski.  A tear came to his eye the day each of his kids could pass him on the slopes.

Other hobbies David enjoyed were pheasant hunting, especially the annual Freedom Rally, fishing, boating, and cars.  He was meticulous about keeping his cars clean and washed them often for therapy.  He enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  He opened his home to all with his generosity, hospitality, warm laugh, and big, genuine smile. He loved his dogs and held a special place in his heart for “Pepper” Dog Friend (Pug) and Holly Berry (Black Labador).

David will live on in the lives of his wife Debi, children Ashley, Bradley, Grady, and Jason (soon to be son-in-law); sisters Mimi (Jim) Kron and Kristi (Michael) Kampmeyer, as well as many business and community friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents Claire (2009) and Betty (2009) and sister Nancy Lee (1974).

The Funeral Celebration Of Life for David Erickson will be held 2:00 PM on Friday, August 6th at Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, 504 Frontage Road in Hudson. Burial will follow in the Willow River Cemetery of Hudson. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 5th from 2:00 until 8:00 PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson as well as one hour prior to the service at the church, on Friday afternoon. Memorials are preferred to the David Erickson Family Memorial Fund through the St Croix Valley Foundation. Please direct memorials to O’Connell Family Funeral Home or they may be mailed to the Family @ 1231 Industrial St, Hudson, WI  54016. 


The fund will be an endowed-donor advised fund managed by the St Croix Valley Foundation. David’s family will direct annual gifts to be made from this fund to charitable organizations that David has supported throughout the years.

Even through his tragic death, he continues to give; David was an organ and tissue donor. Through his death, others’ lives have been saved or enhanced by his gifts. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

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