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Gary W. Ericksen

Obituary for Gary W. Ericksen

December 1, 1952 - October 8, 2021
McHenry, Illinois | Age 68


Gary William Ericksen, born December 1st, 1952 passed away peacefully alongside his wife on Friday, October 8th, 2021.

He is survived by his wife Jill Ericksen, his two sisters, Dorothy Lyne and Helen Keil, his two brothers, Richard Ericksen (Kathleen) and Donald Ericksen, his step-children Jordan Anderson, Kaili Chapple (Steve) and Alexa Clark (Andrew) and three grandchildren, Landon, Wyatt, Eleanor and one on the way. As well as Veronica Stowe and Kimberly Gier whom he cherished and helped raise and their three children, Joe, Annie and Violet. Along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Ericksen, his brother Dennis Ericksen, his two sister-in-laws Patsy Ericksen and Kathy Ericksen, his two brother-in-laws Dan Lyne and Jerry Keil, his nieces Beth Lyne, Margaret Keil and nephew Jimmy Ericksen, and two great nieces Margaret Callie LaMarsh and Emily Rose Keil.

Gary was a lifelong and member of the Local 281 Sprinkler Fitters Union. He enjoyed living along the Fox River in McHenry and spending winters in Florida. Gary loved his boat rides with an Old Style in hand, alongside his family and friends His sense of humor and his smile will be missed by everyone, especially his wife and family. He liked to live life to the fullest and believed in hard work and achieving the goals you set your mind to. Gary believed in God and we take comfort in knowing he is in Gods hand, pain-free and looking over us.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you please make a donation in Gary's name to the American Bladder Cancer Society at

Visitation will take place on Saturday, October 16th at Colonial Funeral Home in McHenry IL, from 9:30am to 10:30am, followed by procession to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McHenry, IL, for an 11:00am Funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Countryside Cemetery in McHenry, IL.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the VFW following the burial.

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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