March 23, 1927 ~ July 13, 2022

Born in: Armstrong, Iowa
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

Donald Leroy Erickson, age 95, of Hamden passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Donald, who needed no prodding to regale family and friends with a good story, viewed life as an endless adventure, from his decades-long career as the owner of Don’s Appliance Sales and Repair to travels near and far with his wife of 57 years, Arline Barera Erickson who passed away in 2010. An avid member of the AMVETS, Elks Club, Gideons International and Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hamden, he loved being in and building his community. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Donald was born in Armstrong, Iowa to Vilas and Sophia, is survived by his daughter, Donna Olsen and her husband Bob, son Wayde Erickson and his wife Jeanette, as well as his brother Maurice. Grandchildren include Carlene Olsen, Caitlin Soler, her husband Richard and their son Arthur, Amy Erickson, and Alex Erickson. He is predeceased by siblings, Winston Erickson, Margaret Weber and Marie Reese.
Military Honors will be given and a celebration of Don’s life will be held at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 600 Shepard Avenue, Hamden on August 20th at 11:00 a.m. The family requests that any donations in his memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Memorial Service: August 20, 2022 11:00 am

Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
600 Shepard Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514


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  1. Donna and Wade…so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great guy. I remember fondly those days on Bradley Ave and being able to get to your house by going under the big pine tree in the backyard. Your Dad was always fun and so nice. He was the first one I knew that had an answering machine. I know my Dad saw him a few times when he met the guys for Friday morning breakfasts. May he rest in peace. Cheryl Rosa

    • Thank you Cheryl for your kind words.
      Growing up in our neighborhood in the 60’s was a special time.
      I remember cutting into your Grandfather’s garden to get to your house. We are so blessed to have such great memories of friends and family.
      Donna

  2. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I knew you dad as a young girl. My dad and mom, Al and Diva Croce were very good friends of your mom and dad. They were both great people and will be missed dearly. My sincere condolences to your entire family. May your dad Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. When my husband and I bought our first home in 1987 Don was recommended to us for appliance repair. He exhibited the Joy of the Lord every time he came to fix something. His service was swift and prices fair especially to a young growing family on a tight budget. He sold his business, and we still use them, with that owner passing it on to his son. So far, they have held to Don’s Gold standard of service. His family and friends were all so blessed to have Don in their lives. I am certain when he arrived in the presence of his Lord it was said, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

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