Stafford P. Erickson (Staff), age 92 of Perham MN, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2023, at home with his wife by his side.
Staff was born on January 20, 1931, in Mentor, MN to Arthur and Julia (Christianson) Erickson. After graduating from high school, Staff enlisted in the Air Force and served three years in Japan during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954.
In 1955, Staff married the love of his life, Joyce Gauthier. Staff and Joyce have two children: Jody and Jed.
While living in Coon Rapids, Staff spent 30 years as an Executive with Orrin Thompson Homes. Staff and Joyce then moved to a home they built in Pine City, living on the Snake River. It was here that Staff started a home construction and remodeling company. In 1996 they moved to Perham, to be near family and enjoy retirement.
Staff enjoyed many hobbies with family and friends. He loved fishing, hunting, and especially woodworking. He was a passionate competitor at cribbage and card games. A highlight for Staff was spending time with family and friends. He will be loved and missed by so many.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Erickson of Perham; children, Jody (Gene) Bisson of El Dorado Hills, CA and Jed Erickson of Richmond, VA; brother-in-law, Don Bjelland and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents; one brother, Gordon Erickson (Corinne); and sisters, Ruth Miller (Earl), Mildred Hughes (Lyle), and Ilene Bjelland.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Staff Erickson to Hospice of the Red River Valley in Detroit Lakes.
Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com