Arthur Erickson
Arthur Erickson
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Obituary of Arthur Erickson

Arthur Kinnear Erickson died on March 3, 2016 with family by his side at the VA hospital in Palo Alto after a short stay due to pneumonia. He is now with his wife, Ruth Erickson, who died two years ago. Arthur was born in Pilot, WY on June 6th, 1919 to Frank and Katie Erickson. He was raised on a sheep ranch near Kinnear, WY and graduated from high school in Riverton, WY. Art continued his education at the University of Wyoming. After starting out studying agriculture, he graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1942. When World War II started, Art joined the Navy to be a pilot. He took his flight training at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. Among other planes, he flew Coronado seaplanes in the Pacific. His rank was LT JG when he retired from the Navy after the war. He returned to Wyoming to get a master's degree in civil engineering, which he received in 1952. While he attended graduate school, he also taught civil engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. A classmate of Art's from the University of Wyoming introduced Art to Ruth Reese on a blind date; they were married on April 1st, 1950, in Roswell, NM. Ruth would say she was lucky to have found and married such a good man. Art said Ruth was a jewel, beautiful and smart; he got the best of the deal. Art and Ruth left Colorado for southern California in 1952 where Art worked for North American. They then moved to Los Altos, CA in 1957 when Art joined Lockheed where he worked on various classified satellite programs, including Gambit. He retired in 1987. They both did a good job raising their children—Art loved his family. When his sons played, Art coached their Little League teams. For many years, Art and Ruth danced with a ballroom dance club in Los Altos. They also traveled to Europe twice and to Australia and New Zealand in addition to many trips to Wyoming and New Mexico to visit family. They enjoyed visiting the Erickson family ranch in Wyoming and their vacation home at The Sea Ranch, CA. Arthur is survived by his four children: Jan, Candace (husband Farrell), Arthur Jr. (Eric), and Paul. Two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive him. His wife, parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews predeceased him. Arthur has been buried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. If anyone wants to make a donation to the University of Wyoming Foundation, Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment Fund, this is the address that we have: University of Wyoming Foundation Attn: Brett Befus 222 S. 22nd Street Laramie, WY 82070