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Charles Erickson

Male 1897 - 1985  (87 years)

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  • Name Charles Erickson 
    Nickname Dee 
    Born 21 Dec 1897  Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Sep 1985  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3261  Rossville
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2019 

    Father Andrew Erickson 
    Mother Martha Hover Erickson 
    Family ID F2573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maureen O'Connor Erickson 
    Married 21 Dec 1935  Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. John Erickson
     2. Mark Erickson
     3. Hilda A Erickson Enewold
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2017 16:42:28 
    Family ID F2574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Obituary- Erickson, Charles 1
    Obituary- Erickson, Charles 1
    ‘Dee’ Erickson dies in Topeka
    Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home for Charles “Dee” Erickson, 87, 1044 Randolph. He died Sunday, Sept. 22, at a Topeka hospital.
    Mr. Erickson coached seven years at Fort Scott Junior College, then coached from 1931 to 1936 at Ottawa University. He became basketball coach and assistant football coach at Washburn University in 1936, and served as both basketball coach and athletic director at Washburn from 1942 to 1946.
    Mr. Erickson helped organize the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and served as its president in 1944. He ranks fourth among Washburn basketball coaches with 81 victories and led Washburn to the Central Intercollegiate Conference championship in 1946, his final year of coaching there. His teams also appeared in three NAIA Tournaments.
    In 1947, Mr. Erickson opened a sporting goods business at Hays. In 1951 he returned to Topeka, where he continued in the sporting goods business until 1961.
    From 1961 to 1965 he was principal of Richland Grade School at Richland in southeast Shawnee County. In 1965 he received the National Physical Fitness Leadership Award for his work with youth fitness.
    Obituary- Erickson, Charles 2
    Obituary- Erickson, Charles 2
    When he was 70 years old Mr. Erickson became cashier in the hos¬pitality shop at Stormont-Vail Hospital, where he worked 15 years until he retired at age 85.
    He was born Dec. 21, 1897, at Eureka, the son of Andrew and Martha Hover Erickson. He served in the Army during World War I. In 1923 he graduated from Washburn College, where he was captain of the basketball team. He spent most of his life in Topeka.
    He was president of the Washburn University Alumni Association in 1957, and was named to the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970. He was former president of the Kansas State Board of Social Welfare.
    Mr. Erickson was named Greater Topeka Sportsman of the Year in 1968, and was named Citizen of the Year by the Topeka Civitan Club in 1979.
    He was a member of Washburn Alumni Club, Ichabod Club, Downtown Topeka Lions Club, Kappa Sig¬ma social fraternity and Capitol Post No. 1 of the American Legion, all in Topeka; and of Rising Sun Lodge No. 8, AF&AM, and Scottish Rife bodies both at Fort Scott.
    He was married to Maureen O’Connor Dec. 21, 1935, at Atchison. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Rev. John Erickson, St. Marys, and Mark Erickson. Rossville; a daughter, Hilda A. Enewold, Topeka; two sisters, Leone Doze, Irving, Texas, and Eleanor Anderson, Topeka; a brother, Arthur Erickson, Topeka; and three granddaughters.
    Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be in Mount Hope Mausoleum. A Spalding Club rosary will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the already-established Dee Erickson Athletic Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Washburn University, 1700 College, 66621; or to Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center, 1500 W. 10th, 66604.