Art Erickson, a longtime businessman and artisan, passed away peacefully in his home in Loveland, Colorado at the age of 90 on March 14, 2020.
Arthur Raymond Erickson was born on April 12, 1929 to Norwegian immigrant parents, Peder and Sigrid Erickson in Mason City, Iowa along with his older brother Eilef and sister Valborg.
Art married his sweetheart, Rita Darline Ebert, on June 28, 1951. Art served in the Army for a year and a half before beginning his career. Art and Rita lived in several cities in Iowa and Minnesota where Art was working as an assistant manager for Montgomery Wards. After leaving Wards, Art bought his first business, Erickson’s Clothes and Shoes, in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Art and his family lived there until 1962 when they moved to their long term home in Loveland, Colorado.
Art has been a well-known businessman and revered artisan in the town of Loveland. He owned Erickson’s Shoe store in town for several years before changing careers to selling cars. Art then began a trophy business out of his home that soon shifted into a business in town along with local art and picture framing called Art Erickson’s Gallery. He was a great man to work with because of his ability to provide quality products and excellent service.
Art also served as a volunteer fireman for the Loveland Fire Department from 1963 to 1983. He has been an active member of many boards, councils and committees in the Loveland community.
Art was an avid painter and woodworker. He built furniture for his home and was best known for his segment-turned bowls and pens which he sold at craft shows around the area. Art continued this craft into his final year of life. Art was dedicated to appreciating and creating beautiful work.
Art was predeceased by his loving wife Rita, and his son Richard Erickson. He is survived by his daughter Jody Dickinson of Loveland, his daughter-in-law Valorie Erickson of Prosper, TX, 3 grandchildren Jessica Sparenberg of Canton, IL, Stephen Erickson of Big Stone Gap, VA, and Lauren Erickson of Austin, TX , and 2 great grandchildren.
In loving memory of Art Erickson, and in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. or Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado.