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Obituaries

Obituaries

Clarence E. "Swede" Erickson 1929 - 2007 Lawrence

Funeral services for Clarence E. "Swede" Erickson, 78, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial with military honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.Mr. Erickson died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at his daughter's home, north of Lawrence.He was born June 12, 1929, in Lawrence, the son of Clarence and Cecil Smith Erickson. A lifelong resident of Lawrence, he graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1947. He later earned a teaching certificate from Emporia State Teachers' College.He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the Korean conflict. He was also a member of the Kansas National Guard.Mr. Erickson worked as a maintenance foreman for Cooperative Farm Chemicals in Lawrence for 15 years. He then taught in the machine shop at Lansing State Penitentiary for four years. He also worked as a manager at Bowersock Power Co. for 13 years. After his formal retirement, he drove school buses for the Laidlaw Co. for 13 years.He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Lawrence, a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Alford-Clarke Post 852, and he volunteered with the County Fair Swim Club for 35 years.He married Betty Denny on Feb. 20, 1950, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a daughter, Lea Chaffin and husband Cris, Lawrence; two sons, Eric Erickson and A.D. Gaines, both of Lawrence; and five grandchildren, Ashley, Katelin and Kellian Harrell, and Paul and Chelsea Chaffin.The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the mortuary.The family suggests memorials to the Swede Erickson Memorial Fund, sent in care of the mortuary.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>.