Gary W. Erickson

July 3, 1945 ~ June 12, 2018 (age 72)

Gary W. Erickson, age 72, of Little Chute, passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, surrounded by his family following a hard fought 17 year battle against Leukemia. He was born on July 3, 1945. After high school, Gary was a member of the United States Air Force for 8 years, proudly serving several tours in Vietnam. He worked in the cable industry for many years before his retirement. Gary was a “Mr. Fix It” type of person. If the grandkids broke something or had an injury, they would go straight to their grandpa. He was a very hard worker and always had a passion for helping people build/fix things.

Gary is survived by his wife and life partner of 43 years, Terri (Emshoff) Erickson; a daughter, Shelly (Nick) Steeno; grandchildren: Ashley and Alexis Samp, Mason, Bryson and Kaitlynn Steeno; great grandchildren: Satori, Marley and Kendrick; siblings: Joyce (Jim) Zanzig, Paul (Sue) Patneaude, Daniel Patneaude, Diane (Gilbert) Carpenter and Merrilyn Gallegos; sister-in-law, Cheerie Patneaude; brother-in-law, Joe Hernandez; Terri’s brothers and sisters Mike (Deb) Emshoff, Marsha (Pete) Hoehne, Charlie (Cindy) Emshoff and Brenda (Kurt) Otto; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his daughter, Becki Jo Samp; parents Garth (Ardene) Erickson; Terri’s parents, Stan (Delores) Emshoff; siblings: Pierre Patneaude and Cynthia Hernandez; and a sister-in-law, Judy Schmidt.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 705 E. Greenfield Drive, Little Chute, with Rev. Ronald Szep officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Full military honors will be performed following the service. For online condolences, please visit


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