A funeral service for Sheldon “Snooky” Erickson of Greenbush, MN will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Free Lutheran Church in Roseau, MN. Visitation will be held at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau, MN on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at Badger Creek Cemetery in Badger, MN.
Sheldon “Snooky” Erickson of Badger died on April 30, 2022 at LifeCare Greenbush Manor in Greenbush, MN at the age of 86.
Snooky was born January 30, 1936 in Badger, MN to Andy and Oline (Christianson) Erickson and had 9 siblings. He graduated from Badger High School and went on to study at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. After graduating, Snooky purchased his father’s farm in 1960 and grew a herd of 130 registered Holsteins, while operating a small business in Badger for 2 years. He married Helen Andol on June 21, 1958, and they had one child, Joel, who cultivated with him.
Snooky was crowned 9th King Agassiz at the Red River Valley Winter Shows, Director of the Farm Bureau, Secretary of the Land O Lakes Council of Roseau and Lake of the Woods, served as Chairman of the County Extension Committee of Roseau, a 4 -H leader, Crookston Tech College advisory board, director of the American Dairy Association, represented 5 states in the Milk Production Federation as a young farmer, chairman of the Badger School Board, served as president and vice -president of Badger Creek Free Lutheran Church, secretary and treasurer of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Red River Valley Dairyman Association. He was also a member of the Holsteins Association, a director of Northwest Dairy Day, a member of the Roseau County Fair Board, Federal Land Bank Advisory Board, and won the Young Dairyman Award in 1969, the Roseau County Soil and Water Conservation Award in 1988 and was a District 4 Clean Farm winner in 1971. He also served as president of the Border State Bank in Badger. Snooky also ran for Minnesota State Rep.
Snooky enjoyed reading, watching sports, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Snooky was predeceased by his parents Andy & Oline Erickson, and his sister, Lois Magnuson; sisters-in-law, Delores Andol, Shirley Andol and Ruby Benson &, brother-in-law, Charles Mohrbacher, Duane Andol and Ray Benson.
Snooky is survived by his wife, Helen Erickson; son, Joel (Lisa) Erickson; granddaughter, Hannah (Adam) Torkelson; and great-grandson, Kellan Torkelson. Siblings, Russel (Gerry) Erickson, Shirley (Curt) Pietz, Lola (Roger) Solheim, Linda (Dale) Monsrud, Jackie (Joan) Erickson, Clark (Harriet) Erickson, Mona (Mike) Connoy, Gus (Karla) Erickson; brother-in-law, Ken Magnuson, brother-in-law, Denny (Nancy) Andol, sister-in-law, Betty Mohrbacher, special cousin, Dennis (Betty) Copeland, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Special friends Haylee Ignaszewski and “Nine Toes”.