Glenn T. Erikson, 94, of Mankato, passed away March 12, 2011 at Pathstone Way in Mankato. He was born Dec. 15, 1916 in Cambridge Township, Isanti County, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Nora (Swanson).
He attended rural school, Cambridge High School, and Mora Normal School. He taught in rural school for two years and graduated from St. Cloud State Teachers College. He was drafted in the army in July 1941 and served in the Second Army Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., and in the Eighth Army Headquarters in the South Pacific Theatre.
He met Helen Louise Cook of Memphis, Tenn., while he was stationed in Memphis, where they were married Jan. 30, 1943. He was awarded the Bronze Star and other medals and honorably discharged in 1945. He then taught at Cambridge and in 1947 they moved to Owatonna, where Glenn taught at Owatonna High School. He earned an M.S. from Mankato State College in 1956. In 1959 they moved to Mankato, where Glenn taught at Wilson Campus School and Mankato State University until his retirement in 1982.
He served as a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church. He also served two years as president of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association. He was immensely proud of Mankato State and the First Presbyterian Church and greatly enjoyed his family, friends, and neighbors. He especially enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and coffee with friends.
He is survived by daughters Erma (Joseph) Yanko, of Webster Groves, Mo.; Hazel Erikson of Cambridge, Minn.; and son Carl (Ellen) Erikson and their two sons (grandsons) Daniel of New York City and Andrew of Urbana, Ill.; brother Lloyd (Carolyn) Paulson of Cambridge, Minn. and by many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Erma Edberg; and his wife, Helen, of 67 years.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Mankato, with Pastor Dawn Carder officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Woodland Hills Funeral Home and Chapel of Mankato.