Obituary: Michael Clarence Erickson


November 25, 2022

Michael Clarence Erickson, 62, of rural Duluth died unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. He was born in Cloquet on June 30, 1960, to Clarence and Smila Erickson.

Mike was a 1978 graduate of AlBrook High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1981. Mike was promoted to corporal within the first two years and proudly served in the Color Guard. He served his country for six years and was honorably discharged. He was a hard-worker all his life and worked most of his career as a foreman with Lakehead Constructors. After retiring, he continued to volunteer his help to anyone in need.

Mike was a fun and adventurous man who loved fishing, watching sports, traveling, and, most of all, spending time with family and friends at the lake.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Erickson, in 2019.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Erickson; mother, Smila Erickson; sister, Becky (Jay) Tremblay; brother, Mark (Lisa) Erickson; foster brother, Vernon (Jennifer) Erickson; nieces, Angela (John) Irvine and their children Madeline, Alice and Boyd, and Melissa (George) Lahr and their children Isabelle and William; nephews, Nathan (Heather) Erickson and their children Eliana and August, Corey Erickson, and Matthew (Kim Kantorowicz) Erickson and their children Owen, Easton, and Chase; Mike’s stepchildren, Matthew (Britney Juten) Hacking, Christina (Jamen Olk) Hacking and Garrett Hacking; longtime friend Dave Fines; and his loving puppy Bentley, who was always at his side.

Visitation: 11 a.m. until the 12 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Nov. 26 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Military honors will be provided by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A luncheon will follow the service in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Casual attire encouraged (jeans and a flannel were Mike’s favorite!). To sign the guestbook and leave an online tribute, see

Pine Knot News, Nov. 25, 2022


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