Patrick Samuel Erickson

Tawas City, Michigan
April 19, 1930 - July 23, 2018


Buresh Funeral Home - Tawas Chapel
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Rosary @ 7:00 PM

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


Thursday, July 26, 2018
11:00 AM (instate @ 10:00 AM)

Obituary Notice

Patrick "Pat" Samuel Erickson, of Tawas City-Whitney Township, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City, age 88 years. Pat was born on April 19, 1930 in Alabaster to Elmer John and Frances Ann (McLean) Erickson. He graduated from East Tawas High School in the class of 1948, then enlisted to serve our country for 4 years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. While Pat was defending our country, he was stationed in Guam for 2 years, and had the privilege to play baseball for the naval team! After Pat's honorable separation from the Navy, he came home to Michigan and went to work for General Motors and later Bishop Products, where he began as a welder and through his hard work and loyalty, he was appointed a Plant Manager. In 1988, Pat decided to finally step away from the work force and enjoy his retirement years, doing the things he loved. Pat absolutely loved baseball, anything from reminiscing about his younger playing days, to faithfully watching the Detroit Tigers on television or listening by radio, to having a once in a life time opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Tigers game for his 80th birthday! He also found enjoyment with playing golf and spending time in his shop at home doing different types of wood working. Above everything else though, Pat truly cherished the time he could spend attending his kids and grandchildren’s sporting events. Pat was a faithful parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. He gave so many selfless hours to benefit his community. Pat coached Little League, Pony League, and Legion Baseball for many years; he spent 14 years as a Trustee for Whitney Township; and 10 years on the Whitney Township Fire Department. He was also inducted into the NEM Baseball Hall of Fame! Pat was a gentleman who carried a smile and a friendly handshake everywhere he went and he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 61 years, Carol Erickson (nee Wheeler) to whom he married at St. Mark's Catholic Church in AuGres on March 2, 1957; 5 loving children, Patrick "Al" (Deb) Erickson of Tawas City, Gerald "Joe" (Maria) Erickson of AuGres, John (Chris) Erickson of Ortonville, Diane (Clinton) Potts of Standish, and Mary (Kevin) Hermanson of Menominee, Michigan; grandchildren, Dusty (Ann) Erickson, Rebecca Oulliette, Drew (Brianna) Paasch, Morgan (John) Stanley, Lyndsay Hill (Aaron Matt), Casey (Misty) Potts, and Jared Tappen; 8 great grandchildren, Molly Hill, Barrett Stanley, Ann Marie Matt, Kaitlyn Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Ashley Johnson, William Johnson, and Arianna Reed; 2 brothers and one sister, John (Margaret) Erickson of Tawas City, Betty (Frank) Rose of Whittemore, and Roberet (Marie) Erickson of Phoenix, Arizona; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Pat is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer John and Frances Ann Erickson, 3 brothers, Elmer, Edwin, and Arthur Erickson; and 2 sisters, Ines Newcomb and Donna Hart. Pat's entire family would like to extend a true heartfelt thank you to the entire staff, who are considered Angels to his family, at the Standish Skilled Nursing Facility - especially Kent Delano. Pat's family will welcome friends for a time of visitation at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home that evening at 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be held for Pat on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas with Father Tyler Bischoff and Father Lawrence Boks officiating. Friends and family may pay their respects that morning at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral mass. Full military honors will be rendered following the funeral mass. Per his wishes, cremation will take place after his services and he will be laid to rest in the Sims-Whitney Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Pat's family in his name. An online guest registry is available at


Sims - Whitney Cemetery


Greg and I are so sorry to hear of Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mom at this sad time. Gods speed Dad, heaven got another angel today.
— Tina Michalski
Dear Erickson family, Our sincere condolences on Pat's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. I visited with Pat a couple of weeks ago. We talked about baseball, fishing, & the good old day. I thoroughly enoyed visiting with him. Rest in peace my friend.
— Frank & Jeanice Jastrzembowski
Carol, I am so sorry. It was so great that so many people got to see both of you at the family reunion.
— Kal Kamyszek
Erickson Family am so sorry to hear of your loss..R.I.P. Mr Erickson
— Patti Whitford
So sorry to hear of your loss,,,,,R.I.P. Mr Erickson
— Patti Whitford
So sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet man that I enjoyed visiting with at SNF in Standish.
— Paula Lynch
Diane and family so sorry to see this. He was such a nice guy. Love and prayers to you and your family.
— Jeff and Michelle Staudacher
Aunt Carol and family , I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Pats passing.....I am so thankful that I got to see him one more time at the family reunion ….May God comfort you all in his loving arms....Love you!! Hugs!!
— Pam(Hart) Larkins and family
I was so sorry and sad to hear of Uncle Pat’s passing I was so glad I made it to the family reunion to see him. Praying for all of y’all
— Sharon Smith
So sad & sorry to hear of Uncle Pat’s passing. I’m so glad I made it to the family reunion to see him. Praying for all of y’all
— Sharon Smith
I was also very sad to hear of Pat's passing. For over 50 yrs he has been in my mind & in my heart but not just because of his ability on a baseball diamond but because of the man he was. Three days before his passing I spent 1 1/2 hrs with him & I will remember the conversation we had for the rest of my life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him & my sincere condolences to his family.
— Bob Pelton
Like most of his acquaintances, I knew Pat to be a baseball man. He coached our 1975 American Legion team and I learned a lot from him. I guess the Good Lord needed a middle infielder.
— Bernie and Michele Link
Carol and family, we are saddened to learn of Pat's passing. It was always a joy to see you and Pat, even if only for a moment at Walmart. You had come to be more than "just a client" over the years. We will keep you in our prayers in this time of grief.
— Tom&Pam Goettel
So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. We will remember all the great times we shared.
— Bruce, Joyce, and Lori
Chip and I send our heartfelt condolences for your loss Aunt Carol, Al, Joe, John, Diane, Mary and family. I am so blessed to have been able to see him one last time before he was called home by the Lord! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Dale “Chip” and Christine Bocker
So sorry to hear that Uncle Pat passed away. He was a wonderful person and it was great seeing you both at the family reunion. Our heartfelt prayers go out for you.
— Christine Bocker

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