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Don Erickson

Don “YUKON” Erickson, age 85 of Sun City Center, FL and originally from Sister Bay, Door County WI passed away on February 8, 2023 after a brief illness.  He was born March 6, 1937 to Paul Erickson and Alice (Linden) Erickson and lived most of his life in Sister Bay.  A man of many talents, he started in the building trades as a mason, then moved on to be one of the founding partners of Carlson-Erickson Builders, had Don Erickson Excavating, owned and developed Appleport Storage, owner of Champeau Floor Covering, developer partner of both Skogland Condominium and Woodcrest Condominium in Sister Bay.  He was a member of Nor Dor Lodge and Billy Weiss American Legion.  Many will remember him as umpire for Sister Bay’s softball league, not to mention, giver of many nicknames (he rarely called anyone by their given name).   After retirement, he, along with his wife, Judith relocated to their vacation home in Sun City Center, FL.  Yukon’s talent of gardening bloomed in the Florida climate and he found endless hours of enjoyment working in his yard and gardens.  He also enjoyed and expanded his wood carving abilities, earning blue ribbons at the Florida State and County Fairs every year.  Every Wednesday you’d find him volunteering at Sun City Center’s Front Porch Pickers greeting friends and fellow fans.

Yukon married his beloved Judith (Ostran) on March 12, 1960, who preceded him in death.  Others passing before him were both his parents, sister Barbara Scheider, granddaughter Tessa Erickson, and James Adams.  He is survived by his three children; Andrea Erickson, Kirsten (Croydon Kemp) Erickson, and Linden (Debra Anderson) Erickson, 5 grandchildren; Tyler Adams, Alissa (Marcus) Anschutz, Amber (Rich) Fleckenstein, Isaiah Erickson, and Eli Erickson, along with 6 great grandchildren, niece Susie Schieder and many cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Door County.

Memorials may be made to:  Sister Bay Historical Society

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