Leonard Paul Erickson

Leonard Paul Erickson

September 12, 1929 – September 11, 2021

As published in the October 11, 2021 World-Spectator


Leonard Paul Erickson, beloved husband of Dorothy Erickson, of Calgary, Alberta, passed away in Calgary on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

A service to celebrate and remember Len will take place in Moosomin, at the Moosomin Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Leonard Paul Erickson passed away on September 11, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta, one day before his 92nd birthday. Len loved to research and record his family history and his obituary draws on the careful detailing of his life.

Len was born September 12, 1929, on the family’s homestead in southeastern Saskatchewan, near Maryfield. He was born during the year of the stock market crash, and he remembered how difficult the following years were for his family. Despite the challenges, he was thankful for his parents’ strong faith and work ethic.

Len fondly remembered his childhood on the farm. He was thankful for his family’s faith and all that he learned about the Lord as a child from his parents. He put his faith in Jesus at the age of 7, in January 1936.
Len attended the local country school and completed grades 9 and 10 with correspondence classes.

He attended Bible school at Briercrest Bible Institute in Caronport, Sask. when he was 17, graduating three years later in 1949 with a diploma in Bible study and a Teacher Training certificate. After he graduated, he returned to Maryfield and then moved to Regina for work.

Len met Dorothy Baron in Regina and they were married in Fenwood, Sask. in 1959. Len and Dorothy were devoted to each other throughout their lives together. They were blessed with three children while they lived in Regina: Paul, Trent and Leyton. They moved to Saskatoon in 1964 as Len was transferred there for his work in life insurance sales. Sharidene joined the family in 1965.

In 1970, Len and Dorothy moved to Moosomin, Sask. where they had purchased Chivers Agencies, a general insurance business. Marrilee joined the family in 1976.

Len and Dorothy were very involved at Moosomin Baptist Church and served in many different church ministries. Len was active in the Moosomin community as a local business owner.

Len and Dorothy retired in the 1990s. They were very busy during their retirement, travelling with their motorhome across the country and down to Mexico visiting family and friends. Len served as the Canadian Chair of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) Board for several years and also served on the American Board.

Len was predeceased by his parents David (1954) and Joy (2004), and by his only brother Lyle (2013).

Len is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 62 years; son Paul and Lynne, grandchildren Tali and Melissa; son Trent and Karen; grandson Evan and Alyssa, great-grandsons Micah, Arlo and Silas; grandson Lukas and Crystal and great-granddaughter Malia; son Leyton and Brenda; grandson Matthew and Anna, great-grandsons Myles and Noah; grandson Mitchell and Ashley; and grandson Jeff; daughter Sharidene and Andrew Stobbe; daughter Marrilee and Matthew Boldt, grandchildren Maisey, Avery, Logan and Ainsley. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

One of Len’s favourite Bible passages was: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Len will be remembered by his family and his many friends with great love and affection.