Wayne Otto Erickson
September 23, 1959-August 27, 2017
Wayne Otto Erickson, 57, Rapid City, died Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Wayne was born September 23, 1959, in Hot Springs, SD, to Lauren and Minnie (Boeken) Erickson. Throughout his life, he held many positions and it didn’t matter what the job entailed, he gave 100% and did it with pride. He served in the U S Air Force from 1977 until his honorable discharge in 1981. He worked at a sawmill, washed dishes in a restaurant, rang the bell for the Salvation Army, was at the information desk at a city office, and was a dispatcher at a bus station.
Wayne loved life and would give whatever he had to help someone out. Football was the highlight of his TV. He also listened along with Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Bonanza, and Little House on the Prairie. He also enjoyed listening to the news.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Lou Erickson of Rapid City; his mother, Minnie Wood of Capitan, NM; daughters, Christy (Tom) Anderson of Rapid City, Melissa Sisk of Rapid City, and Ann Icenogle, soon to be Eutsler (Craig) of Glenrock, WY; grandson, Paul Wolfe; granddaughters, Faith and Rebekah Icenogle and Savannah Eutsler; his siblings, LaVonne (Marvin) Wolf, New Mexico, Barb (Les) Scarbrough, Texas, LeRoy (Shelly) Erickson, Wyoming, Carlos (Anne) Erickson, South Dakota, and Charlotte Bason, New Mexico; and Wayne’s dog, Malaika.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lauren “Bumps” Erickson; and sister-in-law, Debbie Erickson.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sean McPherson officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for “Leader Dogs” for the blind.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.