Roger Lee Erickson was born September 27, 1934, at Sioux City, IA, to Earl and Hilda (Larson) Erickson. He grew up in Elk Point, SD and graduated from Elk Point High School in 1953. He worked in Florida and then entered the US Army serving from 1956 until 1958 in Europe. On August 25, 1963, he married Shirlee Hebert at Mitchell. He worked at Erickson’s A&W Family Restaurant and purchased the family business in 1972. He and Shirlee operated the business until it was sold in 1994. Since that time he was employed by the Davison County Sheriff’s Office. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirlee in 1997. On November 22, 2001, he married Donna Radloff in Mitchell. For the past ten years he was a pheasant guide for Rooster Roost Ranch in Mitchell.
Roger was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church, and was a board member of the Lutheran Outdoor Campus Ministry. He was on the South Dakota Restaurant Association Board and served as President in 1973. In 1966, he served as president of the Mitchell Jaycees, was a charter member of the Mitchell Police Department Reserve Unit, was a member of the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years, served on the Board of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the Mitchell Vocational Technical Advisory Board, South Dakota Easter Seal Society State Coffee Day Chairman, regional chairman for the Jerry Lewis Telethon and was an assistant Scout Leader. He was a private pilot, member of AOPA, past president and currently serving as secretary/treasurer of the Mitchell Flying Club. He was the South Dakota Golden Gloves state boxing champion and coached boxing in Mitchell for several years. In 1976, he received the Broaster Company Outstanding Food Performance Award and in 1982, he received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Mitchell Fraternal Order of Police. He also received the Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award and the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association presented him their Friends of Wrestling Award.
Roger is survived by his wife Donna, five children: Mark Erickson and special friend, Gigi Kerwin of Lake Forest, FL; David Mitchell, and wife Dawn of Palatine, IL; Randy Erickson of Brookings; Pamela Brown and husband Phil of Peyton, CO; Karri Deighton and husband Duane of Colorado Springs, CO; three step-children: Tom Radloff and special friend Rhonda Sites of Iona, TX; Mike Radloff and fiancé Tasha Kinnetz of Cleghorn, IA; Julie Bogenrief and husband Joel of LeMars, IA; 18 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one sister, Dottie Fjeldheim of Logan Hills, CA. He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirlee, one brother, Kenneth Erickson and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established.