Ron Erickson May 3, 1933 - June 21, 2023
Ron, a loving husband, dedicated engineer, and passionate railroad fan, passed away on June 21st at 90 years old. Ron's life was filled with accomplishments, love for his family, and a commitment to craftsmanship that left a lasting impact on all who knew him.
Born in Wausau WI, he spent the majority of his life in the town he adored. He married his high school sweetheart, Jean, and their union lasted over 60 years, a testament to their unwavering love and devotion. Together, they raised a family, Scott, Bruce, Karen, and his five beloved grandchildren.
Ron's passion for engineering and detail was evident throughout his career. He worked for Drott (J.I. Case) where his expertise and talent were celebrated. He played an instrumental role in designing front end loaders and cranes, showcasing his exceptional engineering skills. Ron's dedication to his craft and meticulous attention to detail made him highly respected in his field.
Prior to his career, Ron served in the army for 2 years, receiving an honorable discharge for his dedicated service. He later had the privilege of joining the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., a tribute to his patriotism and his love for this country.
A true craftsman, Ron meticulously designed and constructed every detail of his own house. His home was a reflection of his commitment to excellence and attention to detail.
Ron's passion for model railroading brought him immense joy. He dedicated countless hours to building intricate model trains and stick-built structures that garnered recognition and awards. His expertise and enthusiasm led him to become an active member of the Railroad Club, attending weekly meetings and sharing his love for trains with fellow enthusiasts and even his boyhood buddies. Ron's contributions to the club and his role as a voting judge showcased his dedication to the hobby and his commitment to fostering a vibrant community.
Traveling, he and his wife delighted in their visits to NV and AZ each spring, and to the sand dunes in CA for family fun. He was also a big old time jazz fan and traveled the country to see Dixieland bands play. These adventures created cherished memories that will forever be treasured by the family. He also enjoyed sail boating in lakes around the state and taking his children and grandchildren to spend time in Northern WI. He was passionate about giving and spending quality, memorable time with his family as often as he could.
In his interactions with loved ones, Ron was a man of few words but endless acts of kindness. He found joy in expressing his love through giving, always putting the needs of his family and friends above his own. Ron's caring nature extended to his community as well. At a nursing home, he prepared potato pancakes from scratch, bringing comfort and smiles to the residents.
Ron will be remembered as a kind-hearted man who deeply loved his family, community, and church. He cultivated and maintained meaningful relationships, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of those around him. His presence, unwavering support, and meticulous nature will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
As we bid farewell, let us find solace in the memories of a man who embodied dedication, love, and a commitment to craftsmanship, Jesus Christ in his own way, and creating a beautiful family. May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire us all.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday October 6, 2023, at 3:00 pm at Immanuel Baptist Church in Wausau. Pastor Rob Love will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday October 6, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the church.