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Michael Dale Erickson, age 70 of Greenfield, Minnesota, passed away of natural causes on September 3, 2022 in his home.

Born on November 5, 1951 in Buffalo, Minnesota to Maurice and Shirley (Johnson) Erickson. He attended Varner Country School, then Buffalo High School, he was a varsity wrestler & competed on the debate team. He graduated in 1969. During high school he worked at the local A & W; making root beer and worked at a Rockford bakery glazing donuts. He was lead singer in the band “Woodrose” and performed at various venues around Minnesota, often performing in platform shoes, fishnet tank top and gold chains. What a sight to see!

He attended the University of Minnesota and earned a BA degree in History. He began a sales career in various businesses which included selling used cars on Lake St. He also worked at Groseman Chevrolet where he earned a top salesman award. He also sold auto parts for several years and then went on to work in phone sales. He later created his own company, Sportstrak Publishing; selling advertising for high school sports programs in coordination with the Minnesota State High School League. He continued his business until 2020. He has been working with Heidi in her retail business; Too Good 2B Threw for the past 2 years.

He met the love of his life and soulmate, Heidi Mernin at the MN Landscape Arboretum in 1979. They were together for eighteen years when they surprised everyone when they married in Florida on January 27, 1994. They honeymooned in Disney World. They enjoyed traveling & had many adventures together. In 2003, Michael and Heidi had their biggest adventure by adopting Angela. Michael’s kindness, unconditional love, crazy sense of humor and enjoyment of a good time made for a very satisfying family life.

The last nineteen years with Angela were the happiest and most joyful days of his life. His “Angel” was his most treasured gift from God. He and Angela became best buddies, foodies, movie buffs, and golf partners. Angela loved and admired her “most excellent” father.

Michael has served as a city councilman for the City of Greenfield for the last sixteen years. While on council, he also served as Police Liaison; ensuring the City of Greenfield had proper police protection, which was appreciated by local residents. Mike was a man of honor and had strong, ethics & morals. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing the many courses in Minnesota, sometimes three times a week. Michael was always an avid reader. He loved to learn and inspired his daughter to do the same. His favorite genres were biographies of American history leaders and world events. As most know, he loved discussing all political matters and current events of our times. He was always up for a debate with those who dared to partake.

He loved working in his kitchen. He was “head cook and bottle washer”. A true domestic! He became a real foodie & a great lover of eating & especially loved his Asian buffets. He loved the “Food Channel” and found new recipes and techniques to use in creating meals for his family. Michael was a movie enthusiast and loved to attend movie premieres at the theaters. At times he would see two screenings in one day. His home movie collection is monumental.

His love of pets were a large part of his family life. He and Heidi had many “fur babies”, he especially loved his last cat, Rufus; a Norwegian forest cat whom he saved from freezing one winter. He patiently tamed this feral cat for over three months, turning him into a “puddle of love”. He is survived by his naughty Jack Russel terriers, Peter and Lily.

His jovial laughter will be remembered and missed by many.

We believe he is with God.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Shirley and father-in-law, Harold Mernin.

He is survived by his wife, Heidi; daughter, Angela Elizabeth; sister, Diane and brother-in-law Lee Schneider of Calgary, Canada; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Michael was an advocate for organ donation and his wishes were honored the day he passed. We thank the American Tissue Services Foundation (ATSF).

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. There will be no funeral. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com

A private “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials be directed to Crossroads Animal Shelter in Buffalo, Minnesota. (https://www.crossroadsshelter.org/donate-now).

Family mailing address is:

PO Box 442

Rockford, MN 55373

17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Paula

    Beautifully written and demonstrative of Michael ❤️❤️

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  2. Michael Studer

    I prefer a personal touch of a celebration of life gathering please let me know when that will be

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  3. Dave Bacon

    Heidi and Angela, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. He was an important part of our community and of course to your family our prayers are with you. Most of all you have a great neighbors. Dave and Lee Ann Bacon

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  4. Shannon (Namie) Barrett

    Heidi and Angela, I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your entire family, and I hope you all may find comfort and healing in both his memory and the love of family and friends.

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  5. Vonda Pettis

    Beautiful memories of Michaels life and gifts he has shared with many♥️
    Prayers to you and your entire family🙏

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  6. Vonda Pettis

    Beautiful memories of Michaels life and many talents he held dear♥️
    Prayers to you, Heidi & Angela & your entire family🙏

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  7. Leslie Knutson

    I am so sorry for your loss! Know that I am thinking about you and Angela at this sad time and sending big hugs your way.

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  8. John Marquette

    Mike was my best friend since 7th grade. Even after high school and we didnt have contact for some years I always felt he was the best friend I ever had. When we did make contact it always felt like we had just talked the day before. Loved that man. As said above, Mike was a man of honor and I feel honored to have known him as much as I did.

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  9. Marsha M Studer

    Wonderfully written tribute to Michael. You both are on my mind and in my heart as you journey through the veil of grief and find life with meaning in his absence. May you find comfort in your family and friends as you celebrate his life.

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  10. Diane Jezierski

    Heidi and Angela words can be inadequate at a time like this, but there is some comfort to know that people care about you and reach out during this difficult time. Jen and I are very sorry for your loss. Continue to trust in God’s plan.

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  11. Linda Messick Elie

    Beautiful tribute to a special man. God bless you all as you walk through these next days and moments without him by your side. Much ❤️ love.

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  12. Terry McDaniel

    Heidi snd Angela,
    What a nice obituary for Michael. It must be such a strange feeling to not hear his laughter and his stories. My heart goes out to both of you during this time of grief and adjustment to the every day things going forward. Everything just changed in a moment.
    Grief makes us do weird things. I hope you both can be gentle with yourselves and get the downtime and rest you need. Our loved ones are still with us in our souls through their teachings and traveling with them when they were here. Peace and love to both of you and all who knew him.

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  13. Tammy Jarvi

    My deepest sympathy to you! I really enjoyed my visits with him at the store over the last couple of years. He was always so proud of his family and it was easy to see how much he loved you! He will be greatly missed by so many!

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  14. Michael Jensen

    Truly sorry to hear of your loss Heidi. What a tribute you put together. Sounds like an amazing man.

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  15. Cindy Manthei

    I campaigned for Mike. So sorry for your loss!!

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  16. Elizabeth Malin

    My sincerest condolences to Heidi, Angela, and family. A beautiful and thoughtful tribute to Michael. Thoughts and prayers to all.

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  17. Brandy Gullickson

    Angela,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I remember how proud he always was of you at all your performances. – Gully 💚

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