Joseph Frederick Erickson, born June 25, 1936, in Elkins, to Ida Margaret Roach Erickson and Joseph Walfrid Erickson, passed peacefully at home in Placida, Fla., on May 24, 2014.
Surviving are his immediate family, wife of 58 years, Barbara Evick Erickson, and daughters, Kimberly Jo Ledsome and husband, Roger, of Severna Park, Md., and Jodi Lynn Cipriano of Placida, Fla., and sons, Joseph F. Erickson Jr. of Sykesville, Md., and John Bradley Erickson and wife, Tiffany, of Pasadena, Md.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Max and Cole Erickson, Devin Jones, Nick and Daniel Cipriano, Melissa Setzer, James Ledsome, Jennifer Ledsome, Joe Erickson III and Chrystal Erickson; and four great-grandchildren: Quentin and Zoe Setzer, Hayden Ledsome and Mason Ledsome.
Joe is also survived by three sisters, Betty Jane Dransfield of Gap Mills, Ethel Thurman (Sam) of Panama City, Fla., and Sandra Sanders of Elkins; and a brother, Bob Erickson (Janice) of Hagerstown, Md.
Joe attended West Virginia primary schools and graduated from Elkins High School and entered the United States Marine Corps in 1955. After two years in the Marine Corps, he attended Miami Dade Junior College and worked at Concrete Designs in Davie, Fla. Later he was hired by Stresscon Company in Miami, Fla., and Baltimore Md., where he learned the Precast Concrete business from the ground up, and in 1987, he founded his own company, E & B Erectors, in Pasadena, Md.
Joe learned to hunt and fish from his Mom and Dad in the mountains of West Virginia and later passed those skills along to his sons and daughters and grandsons. He maintained his love of working, fishing, boating and hunting throughout his life. He was affable, helpful and generous, and he treasured the many friends he had from school days and his career and activities. He always looked forward to get togethers with beloved family and friends with great enthusiasm! He was a gourmet chef and loved to be in the kitchen almost as much as being in his boats!
He was a Christian and a 32nd Degree Mason and Scottish Rite and Shriner at the Glen Burnie, Md. Lodge.
The time and place for the Celebration of Life Service for Joe will be announced at a later date.