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Herbert E. Erikson

Died: Saturday, February 15, 2003
Age: 70
Herbert E. Erikson, 70, 116 Orchard St., Williams Bay, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at Lakeland Medical Center.

He was born March 29, 1932, in Chicago, to Oscar and Edna Domres Erikson. His family later moved to Delavan.

He attended high school in Williams Bay and graduated in 1950 along with his future wife, Phyllis Kaphengst. They were married Dec. 6, 1952, in Lake Geneva.

He was drafted into the Army on Nov. 18, 1952. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 31, 1961.

He then worked as a mason with his father and put himself through college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in secondary education, with a major in world history and political science and a minor in biology. His first and only teaching position was at Badger High School, Lake Geneva, where he taught world history and political science for 31 years.

For the past 50 years, he was an active member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, and served on its board of trustees.

He served the village of Williams Bay in many capacities between 1972 and 1998. He was a trustee, Village Board President, Planning Commission chairman, and chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

He was an active member of the Walworth County Republican Party.

He was a devoted family man who loved his family, his church and his community.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters, Timothy, Delavan, John, Beloit, Marie Kosier, Lakeville, Minn., and Laura Washington, Franklin; his brother, Kenneth, Montgomery, Ala.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents and a sister, Shirley Lane.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. Verlyn Dobberstein officiating. Burial with full military rites by American Legion Post 102 of Walworth was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Betzer Funeral Home, Delavan. The family suggested memorials to Friends of Kishwauketoe in Williams Bay.

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