Clayton George “Pete” Erickson, 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 9, 2019 at his home in Sedro-Woolley, WA.
He was born November 26, 1927 in Dentaybow Township, Minnesota (outskirt of International Falls, MN) the son of Charles and Margaret (Murphy) Erickson. He was the brother of nine siblings, including Eugene, Claire, John, Bud, Elizabeth (Leta), Midge and Molly, he was very close to his sisters, especially Leta and Molly.
Pete was married to Shirley Keith on November 2, 1958 but later divorced, they got back together 40 years later on June 15, 2014 at Sandy and Danny’s wedding (very sweet.) He served in the military from April 19, 1946 to October 23, 1947.
He was a Diesel Mechanic in a garage in International Falls Minnesota to Head Mechanic at Bill Pierre Ford in Lake City, WA.
Pete loved motorcycles, especially the Harley Davidson and could tell if it was an older model bike or newer depending on the sound of the engine. Jeff, Pete’s son, is a Union member and also a long time motorcycle rider. In honor of his Dad, the Union Brotherhood MC, did a tribute ride by Pete’s house on Saturday, September 7th. Pete heard the roar of the motorcycles and grinned from ear to ear. It was a moment of joy for Pete to be honored by the MC and Jeff’s family was deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support.
Pete also loved his pond he got with his new home in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. He went through many goldfish because of neighbor cats, but ended up with four fish his granddaughter, Rachele lovingly named Daphne, Shaggy, Fred and Velma, the pretty white and gold one is Daphne. During his retirement, Pete was a hardworking man and was proud of maintaining his yard to be immaculate.
Pete is survived by his companion, Shirley Snow of Sedro-Woolley; son, Jeffrey L. Erickson and wife Brenda L. Epstein of Everett, WA; daughter, Nancy Bliss and husband Robert Bliss of Sedro-Woolley, WA; daughter, Sandy Erickson and husband Danny Daniels of Port Angeles, WA; grandchildren, Rachele Welch of Sedro-Woolley, Samuel Butler and wife Rebecca Harmer of Burlington, WA, Adrienne Johnson and husband Kevin Johnson of Seattle, WA and Samantha aka John Bliss of Sedro-Woolley; great-grandchildren, Kierstin, Seth, and Parker Welch and Sylas Butler of Burlington, WA.
Per Pete’s request no services are planned.