Richard "Rick" Erickson
1948 - 2021

September 18, 1948 ˜ November
9, 2021

Born in Vancouver, WA, on Sept. 18, 1948, to Marge and Ed Erickson. Passed away peacefully at home after a morning playing golf on Nov. 9, 2021.
Rick is survived by his daughters, Christine Erickson and Emily Gordon; and son-in-law, Ian Gordon; his sister, Shirley Wentworth; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ronny Skinner and Gary Erickson.
Rick graduated from Columbia River High School in Vancouver and went on to play basketball for Washington State University under Coach Marv Harshman. When Coach Harshman retired, he highlighted Rick as one of his best players during his WSU coaching days. Rick was also a member of the WSU Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
Rick relished spending time with his family and friends. He was proud of Christine and Emily and their accomplishments they were his greatest gifts in his life. Golf was a passion that he loved to share with others followed by a good game of cards. His nieces and nephews loved playing poker dice or a game of HORSE with Uncle Rick and he always made sure there was room for one more to play.
Whether Daddio, Rick, Uncle Rick, or Tricky Ricky you knew a person who was genuinely happy to be spending time with you, looking forward to doing it again real soon, and happy to be part of your life. Oh, and he gave great hugs!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Tee an organization empowering kids and teens through the game of golf. Donations can be made online at or by mail at First Tee PO Box 3055 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date this year.
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Thanks Rick for being a great friend. We had a lot of fun playing golf and poker while in Yuma, Especially, "Roll Your Own'"
Lee Refsland
January 5, 2022
Thanks for being a friend. Many great times on the golf course with you! And, thank you for all the great sandwiches you always brought for the rest of us. RIP, old Buddy.
Harold Steele
January 5, 2022
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