Jerome (Jerry) Wayne Erickson, 78, of Merrill, Wisconsin, loving father, proud grandfather, and devoted husband of the late Judith Ann Erickson, entered into eternal peace on March 30, 2016, in Wausau, Wisconsin, at Aspirus Hospice House. After a valiant fight with cancer, he passed peacefully in the loving care of his companion, Darlene Woodward, and supported by the wonderful Aspirus Hospice House staff and volunteers.
Jerry was born to Jessie and Irvin Erickson on August 16, 1937, in Waupaca, Wisconsin. He graduated from Waupaca High School in 1955 and Wisconsin State College – Stevens Point in 1960, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He married Judith Hanson, his wife of 48 years, on October 1, 1960, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He retired in 1998 after a successful 38 year career with the former Wausau Insurance Company. During his career, he also committed his time and talents as the Executive Director of the Wausau Visiting Nurse Association for many years. He enjoyed music, riding his motorcycle and ATV, spending winters in Florida, and 40 years of camping at Campers Haven. Wherever he went, Jerry enjoyed meeting people. He will be remembered for his wit and as an engaging conversationalist.
Jerry is survived by his companion, Darlene Woodward and his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren: Debra (Keith) McLaughlin, Erik and Becca, Duluth, MN; Daniel (Terri) Erickson, Christian, Hatley, WI; Darin (Kali) Erickson, Kaitlin, Connor, Morgan, Ayden, Ryan (Christie) Shane, Addison, Aubree, Wausau, WI; Darcy (Don) Seubert, Trey and Brett, Merrill, WI; and his beloved dog, Trixie. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife, Judith (2008).
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 9-11 AM with the liturgy immediately following at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, Wisconsin. Father Chris Kemp will perform the funeral liturgy. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts in celebration of Jerry’s life be directed to the Aspirus Health Foundation to support the needs of hospice patients at the Aspirus Hospice House; Aspirus Health Foundation, 425 Pine Ridge Boulevard, Wausau, WI 54401. Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.