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ERICKSON, Roger William

September 13, 1937 — October 21, 2022

Born September 13, 1937, in Ongole, Andhra State, South India, Roger Erickson went home to be with the Lord on October 21, 2022, in Kelowna, BC.

He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years Ruth; his children David Erickson, and Meagen (Nathan) Wiebe; grandson Asher; brother Edwin (Suzanne) Erickson; sister-in-law Dorothy Paschke; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Marion; sister Adelia (Richard) Paschke; and brother Gordon Erickson.

Roger was born in South India to American missionary parents.  After his education in the United States, his committment to his faith lead him to serve for many years in Ethiopia.

A Memorial Service, with reception to follow, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 10:30 am, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to Compassion Canada.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 10:30 am

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for ERICKSON, Roger William is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 10:30 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Donna Kneesch says:

    I was saddened to hear of my Uncle Roger’s passing. He will be greatly missed. God is a God of comfort, my condolences to Ruth and all the family. Uncle Roger was a very special man and we loved him dearly! Lots of hugs

  • Diane Wiebe says:

    Dearest Ruth,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have some wonderful memories of you and Roger. Our discussions ranged from serious to great times of laughter. Terry and I were reminiscing of our breakfast together when we were in Kelowna many summers ago. Our love and prayers are with you.
    With deepest sympathies, Diane {& Terry} Wiebe

  • Dianne Kneesch says:

    Dear Ruth, Meagan, David and family:
    Our thoughts are with you as we think of losing your beloved husband, father, and a friend to many. Our thoughts of our uncle brings many memories from many years ago until recent months. Our God is a God of comfort. You are in thoughts as you move forward. With love and compassion,
    Dave and Dianne Kneesch

  • Beth Gesler Caldwell says:

    It is very sad to hear of Roger’s passing. My heart goes out to Ruth and your family. Roger was one of the sparks of our class. He was like a big brother, always there with a shoulder to cry on. I know he was a man of deep faith and served his Father well. Here’s to fond memories of a kind classmate and friend. My sincere condolences..

  • Wyva Hasselblad says:

    Dear Ruth, so very sad to hear that Roger has left his dearly loved earthly home. His was a generous, mindful and kindly spirit. I have only memories of Roger’s ability to be positive and friendly to every one in every situation. Now he is at peace, no more physical ailments to trouble his joy in being with his Lord. May you all find peace in the midst of your grief as you are assured of his rest and comfort in the heavenly places.
    The Lord bless you and keep you.

  • Rita says:

    Dear Ruth, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rita

  • The kifle says:

    Dear Ruth. Our sincerest condolences, wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our hearts goes out to you at this difficult time. The kifle family.

  • Dan and Marlene Jensen says:

    Dear David and Meagan, so sorry for your loss. We remember the times at RVA when you would come to eat with us. What a Blessing for us! We know where Roger is and we are grateful for his legacy.
    Our condolences,
    Dan and Marlene Jensen

  • Ben and Irene POTTER says:

    Dear Ruth, David and Meghan, Our sincere condolence on the passing of dear Roger. He lived a humble life and represented the Saviour so well. His time serving God at Arrowsmith will not soon be forgotten. God’s comfort and our love to you.

  • Lois (Thoms) Dickason says:

    Dear Ruth and other family members: We grieve with you the loss of our remarkable Kodai Schoolmate. His compassion and infectious laugh embraced all (native Indians and school mates equally). His loving cheer will be deeply missed!
    Lowey (Thoms) and David Dickason (Kodai class of “55)

  • Lois (Thoms) Dickason says:

    Dear Ruth and other members of Roger’s family; We grieve with you the loss of our remarkable Kaodi Schoolmate. His compassion and infectious laugh embraced all (native Indians and school mates equally). His loving cheer will be deeply missed! Love, Lowey (Thoms) and David Dickason – Kodai School ’55 grads

  • Abe Funk says:

    Hello Ruth, What a wonderful tribute I just saw to Roger’s life. Sorry we were not able to be present, but the service online was as if I was with you in person. As you know Roger worked with me in the Office in Edmonton for a few years. and knew him many years before that. We wish you God’s special blessings as you journey on without Roger. Love and prayers, Abe and Ann Funk

  • Tershia Lambrechts says:

    Dear Erickson Family, I have very fond memories of Roger, Marion and Meagan many years ago in Port Alberni. I send you and Ruth my heartfelt sympathy 💐.

  • Stu (Shannon) Stewart says:

    Dearest Uncle Roger,
    I have so many fond memories of your kindness, not to mention your infectious laugh and impossibly wide smile. Although I haven’t been able to spend enough time with you over the years, whenever we connected you and Ruth were always so welcoming. I am grateful for the times we did get to share, although now I see they were far too few. Despite this, you made a real impact on me. When I was in Kelowna recently, I was organizing some old boxes from my childhood and came upon a school project entitled ‘What I Want to Be When I Grow Up.’ And the pages were full of you! When I was ten years old I wanted to be a missionary like you and Aunt Marion, and I know that was because of the example of selfless love and generosity you both set for me. While the missionary plan didn’t work out, I have spent a wonderful life living across the globe, and I thank you for showing me that such things were possible. You were loved and admired, and will be so very deeply missed. Sending all my love to David, Meagen, Ruth, and our family, with regrets that I cannot be there in person. With love from Madrid, from Stu (Shannon), Marta and Mateo.

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