Gary was either a husband, father, grampy, papa, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, co-worker and always the advisor to us all. He wore many hats, toques and helmets in his lifetime.
As a family man, he loved it when we were all together for holidays, birthdays, grandchildren’s sporting events, racing, fishing or any other reason he could think of. He was proud of his children, Jared and Kahle in what they accomplished, how they did it and that the work ethic he had instilled in them continues.
His grandchildren Brenan (Brenie Bear) Dylan (Dillar) Declan (Deker) and Reese (Reesie Piecie) were always being groomed to love fishing, skidooing, motorbike riding and above all to love the farm and lake like he did.
As an agriculture loans officer, his farmers and how they managed their farm was important to him. He felt proud when he would meet them years later and be thanked for being the concerned advisor he was.
His co-workers were an important part of his life. Even after retirement he had to keep in contact by a visit or phone call just to reminisce because the good old days were special.
Gary loved to go to the lake to do projects, fish and burn a few logs on the campfire. To have two fish at a time was common.
To ride and tinker with skidoos was part of his winter fun. Trail riding with friends and family at Buck Lake and taking grandchildren for tours around the farm made his day. Being in the shop working on vehicles also took up his winter time.
Having retired to the farm kept him busy caring for the farm site. There was always a project to do but keeping the windbreaks growing was always a concern.
His favourite time though was harvest. Driving grain truck and occasionally a combine were his passion. The floor of the grain truck was always full of rocks, picked while waiting for the combine, bags of candy that everyone who rode with him enjoyed, as well as a bucket of crabapples to munch on.
For those of you who lent an ear for him to talk to or stand and take his advice (wanted or not) we thank you.
With all of our love we say goodbye and know heaven has gained a force to reckon with.
Gary is survived his loving wife Brenda Erichsen; children Jared (Jennifer) Erichsen and Kahle (Blake) Middlebrook; grandchildren: Brenan Erichsen, Dylan Erichsen, Declan Middlebrook and Reese Middlebrook; brothers Alfred (Jean) Erichsen and David Erichsen; sister Marg (Randy) Knutson; brothers-in-law James (Barb) Cairney and David Cairney; other relatives and many close friends.
Gary was predeceased by his parents Martha and Klaus Erichsen, brother Don Erichsen, nephews: Darryl Erichsen, Raymond Knutson and James Knutson.
A Celebration of Gary’s Life was held on Fri. Feb. 24, 2023 at Stettler Funeral Home, Stettler, Alta.
Donations may be made directly to The Mazankowski Heart Institute, 11220 – 83 Ave, Edmonton, Alta. T6G 2B7 or The Red Deer Cancer Centre 3942 50a Ave, Red Deer, Alta. T4N 6R2.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium were entrusted with the care and arrangements. For further information please contact 403-742-3422.