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James Russell Erikson

James Russell Erikson

James Russell Erikson, 89, died on January 23, 2014 at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. He was born at home in rural Fertile, Polk County, on March 5, 1924, to Herman and Elma (Erickson ) Erikson. James grew up and attended Nelson Country School, District #70, in his home. After graduation from grade school, James attended Northwest School of Agriculture, he graduated in 1942.

James farmed with his father until he purchased the farm. This farm was homesteaded by James' grandparents who emigrated from Sweden. When he started farming, they used horses; then in the 1930s, bought a GP John Deere with steel wheels. In 1940, they bought an H John Deere and, in 1948, they bought their first John Deere combine. James also did custom corn picking for area farmers. He had a herd of Hereford cattle he took pride in.

James traveled to Alaska 16 times to fish salmon and halibut and, sometimes, hunted moose. Tony Jagol and he canned salmon in pint and quart jars to bring home. He had the opportunity to fish in the Baltic Sea, off Virgin Island, Mexico, Canada and in Minnesota. One of his favorite lakes was Pike Lake, where he got his largest walleye. James hunted peasants in South Dakota, Nebraska and here. He always hunted duck and goose, as well as, deer in the area. Several times, James hunted moose in Canada for many years with friends. He had spent time canoeing in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. James was an easy person to visit with, had a great sense of humor and was a friend to many.

James is survived by two sisters: Glendora Ficken and Betty Floan, both of Fertile; nephews: Art Gundell, Bob Gundell, Wayne Floan, and Brian Floan; nieces: Wanda Visser, Brenda Johnson, and Julie Rensland and great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Herman and Elma, niece Judy Reinke and nephew Bert Floan.

Memorials preferred to Southside Cemetery.

Memorial service 2:00pm Monday, January 27, 2014 at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.

Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home.

Inurnment: South Side Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.

Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN