Obituaries Harold Erickson

Harold Dean Erickson, 70, died on Dec. 24, 2001 after a brief battle with cancer. A geologist by profession and a Midwesterner by birth, he was a proud second-generation American whose father arrived from Norway shortly after the turn of the last century.

Mr. Erickson was born in Plankinton on Oct. 22, 1931, the youngest child of Thorvald and Ellen (Hommersand) Erickson. After graduating from Vermillion High School in 1949, he went on to receive his bachelor's degree in geology from The University of South Dakota and his master's degree in geology from UCLA.

He spent his career searching for oil throughout America on behalf of eight different exploration companies, retiring as a senior executive in 1988. He came home to South Dakota after having lived in six cities in five states and was enjoying retirement on the bluff in Vermillion at the time of his death.

He was never so happy as when driving his stylish new car, wearing a brand new suit or pouring over a map of a new potential oil field.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Norris and Cleo, Vermillion; and 11 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 with a brief graveside service at 10 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Mr. Erickson's family wishes a special word of thanks to Dr. William Dendinger of Vermillion and his office staff, the nurses of Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital in Vermillion and the entire staff of the Avera McKennan Hospice in Sioux Falls, who, to a person, represent the better angels of our souls.

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