John Erickson, 61, of Lee's Summit, Mo., died July 16, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital in Lee's Summit.

He was born in Preston on Dec. 25, 1951, to Donald and Helen Kimball Erickson. He grew up on the family dairy farm in Fillmore County, north of Newburg. After graduating from high school in Mabel, he attended college in Winona and served in the United States Air Force and United States Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Jonathan Erickson and Lindsey Erickson of Poulsbo, Wash., and Kristopher (Queen) Erickson of Bellingham, Wash.; his step-sons, Josh Bruce of Lee's Summit and Robbie (Jennifer) Patterson of Lenexa, Kansas; his grandchildren, Madelyn and Garrett Patterson; his siblings, Mary Jo (Mike) Brewster of Lee's Summit, Bob (Darcy) Erickson of Mabel and Kathy (Mike) Brandt of Peshtigo, Wis., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike and Stevie Erickson.

A celebration of life service has been set for Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at Scheie Lutheran in rural Mabel. Family visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation in John's name.