Donald A. Erickson

Donald A. Erickson, 89, of Remington, IN, and having family in Roanoke, IN, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Mr. Erickson was a teacher and a coach in Remington and surrounding communities and at Tri-County High School. He spent his childhood in South Dakota on ranches and living on Native American reservations where his mother taught. In his teens he moved to southern Indiana and graduated from Henryville High School. He attended Indiana Central College in Indianapolis and initially taught school and coached basketball in Kentucky. After serving in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, he attended Indiana University and Indiana State University. He had degrees in health and physical education and math.

He taught and coached briefly at Freeland Park High School and Chalmers before he accepted a position in the Remington school system, where he taught and coached until Remington consolidated with the Wolcott school system in the 1970s to become Tri-County School Corporation. There he taught math and was the athletic director until he retired in 1995.

He was born May 13, 1929, in Aberdeen, SD, to Tim A. and Hazel M. Wilkerson Erickson. He married Mary Lou Brechbill on July 23, 1955, in Hammond, and she survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Marcia (Mark) Brunson, of Roanoke; two sons, Tim (Robin) Erickson and John (Susan) Erickson; a sister, Phyllis Rowan; five grandchildren, Melanie (Josh) Brunson-Moon, Matt (Marissa) Brunson; Madison (Shaun) Perregrino; Erin Erickson and Kieran Erickson; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher William Brunson.

Memorials are to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Remington United Methodist Church, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or a local baseball league.

Calling is Friday, March 22, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Remington United Methodist Church, 121 S. Ohio St., Remington. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the church, preceded by an hour of calling. Rev. Jeff Smith will officiate. Interment will follow immediately in Remington Cemetery with military honors.

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