Calvin James "Cal" Erickson
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July 23, 1932 ~ March 1, 2018

Cal was the youngest of six siblings (Harland, Doris, Leroy, Dale and Lois) born to Hildegard Platzer and Hjalmer Erickson in Glenfield, North Dakota.
Farm-raised, Navy veteran of Korean War, settled in Bay Area where he met his wife of 59.7 years, Sharon Rae Tremmel.
Father to Michael, Lorraine and Ann, father-in-law to Kelly Nordstrom Erickson and uncle to many.
Worked in the steel industry from varying locations including Emeryville, CA, Houston, TX, Mexico City, Mexico, Costa Mesa, CA and Vancouver, WA.
In his retirement, he volunteered and assumed leadership at the Friends In Service to Humanity (F.I.S.H.) food bank for 11 years.
Cal was always an avid sports fan especially of the Mariners, Trailblazers and Seahawks and enjoyed family trips to Arizona for Spring Training baseball.
Memorial services to be held on June 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA. Inurnment on June 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (, Kaiser Hospice, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Ste. 140, Portland, OR 97210 or F.I.S.H. (
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 11, 2018.
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March 5, 2021
Never far from our hearts and memories❣Bob and Sandra
Sandra Davis
March 5, 2020
You are never far from our thoughts.
Sandra Davis
March 5, 2019
Miss you much, old buddy! The four of us share so many special memories. One of these days we will again be raising cane together at Willamette National. Rest up, Cal, be seeing you....❤
Sandra Davis
March 18, 2018
Dear Sharon,

Seeing Cal's obituary in the paper brought back fond memories for Glenn and I.

When Cal's sister, Doris, found out we were going to be in Mexico City for our honeymoon (April 1975) she gave us your phone number and insisted we call you when we were there. I was hesitant to do that because I didn't want to intrude but I also knew I couldn't return to Vancouver and tell Doris I didn't make the call. So the first night we were in Mexico City I called you and I couldn't have been met with more warmth and kindness.

The next day we met you and Cal at his office, then you took us out to lunch. Afterward we went to your home, then Cal took us back to our hotel after dinner. You both showed us such kind hospitality. It has never been forgotten. And it was also comforting to know someone we could call if we had any problems while in the "big city."

I still can't believe in a city of 14 million that Cal's office was within walking distance of our hotel.

Our sympathy and love to you and your family,

Mary Ann and Glenn Teague
Glenn and Mary Ann Teague
March 15, 2018
A very kind man. We will all miss you, Uncle Cal.
Eric Duffy
March 13, 2018
We will miss you dear friend of 60 years. So well I remember when you two first met, Sharon said you had the most beautiful blue eyes...and so you did. I checked them out in person one night at the Piedmont Bowl. Decades of memories....❤
Sandra & Bob Davis
March 11, 2018
Dear Sharon and family, you did a great job on Uncle Cal's obituary. Loved the part about being married for 59.7 years. (To be exact!) I'm sure that all the saints & angels are enjoying Cal's beautiful smile and hearty laugh. Our loss is certainly their gain. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Love, Claudia
Claudia Dockter
March 11, 2018
Uncle Calvin set an excellent example for us all. Will always remember that he came to MN for Dad's surgery and was a great support.
Barry Erickson
March 11, 2018
Sandra & Bob Davis
March 11, 2018
My favorite Uncle Calvin is at peace with our Dear more pain...Prayers go out to Sharon and families...Sharing in your sadness as you remember Calvin.
Lyle Sletten & family
March 11, 2018
Dear Sharon and family,
What words can really express the feelings one has when someone they love passes away? There is definitely grief but those fond memories have a way of sneaking in and making a person smile. Sharing those memories would be the best balm to ease the pain, for sure!
On one of our visits to North Dakota, years ago when I was a child traveling with my parents and Duffy siblings, I remember Uncle Cal, home for a visit, on leave from the Navy. He was out in the barn, milking the cows. Of course, we city kids were quite taken with the process. Just standing around watching him....and then he started squirting us! We thought it was hilarious and just laughed and laughed!
Uncle Cal was fun and sweet. He will be missed!
Excellent obit and great photo!
As always, sending hugs and prayers
Mel and Paulette DeSeranno
Paulette DeSeranno
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