Barton L. Erickson


Barton L. Erickson, age 86, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Grand Rapids. He was born July 28, 1932 in Manistee to Oscar and Eleanor "Ellie" (Kuehl) Erickson.
Bart was a graduate of Manistee High School and a graduate of Ferris State College with a degree in pharmacy. He went on to purchase Miller Pharmacy which then became Erickson Pharmacy.
Bart married the love of his life, Constance "Connie" Bennett, June 20, 1959. Together they had three children, Lance, Susan and Kyle.
Being an active member of many of Manistee's service clubs, Bart was a loyal participant in the Elks, past president of the JC's, board of directors at Dial-A-Ride, Rotary, Masons, board member of Security National Bank and a member of the Manistee Golf and Country Club. He was also a Korean War veteran.
Barton's special interests included his adoring three children and being an amazing Papa to his six grandchildren. He enjoyed restoring his collection of Model A cars and traveling with Connie and his kids. He also enjoyed volunteering for his church and was an active member on many boards.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie; his parents, Oscar and Ellie; and his in-laws, Cyril and Fordyce Bennett.
Bart is survived by his children, Lance (Denise Hamill) Erickson, Susan (Michael) Jonas and Kyle (Lesley) Erickson. He is also survived by his loving brother, Carlton (Eunice) Erickson. Papa Bart also leaves behind his adoring grandchildren, Collin, Brendan, McKenna, Ford, Ty and Elly; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Bart also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Gail Bennett and Carol Rhodes; and brother-in-law, Greg Bennett.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Manistee. A luncheon and visitation with the family will immediately follow the celebration of Bart's life.
Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Bart's memory.
Bart's kids would like to thank the many friends and family that have helped us during this most difficult time and who continue to be a blessing to our family.
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Angela Caro
May 15, 2019
This is a bittersweet time. I will greatly miss both your mom and dad. They were the nicest people I’ve been able to work for and get to know. But now they can be together once again. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Cindy & Steve Peterson
May 15, 2019
He was such a wonderful gentleman and a great neighbor. We miss him already in the neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God speed Bart. We have no doubt that you and Connie are walking hand in hand again.
May 15, 2019
Alyce (Ayres) Weber
May 14, 2019
So sorry to hear about Bart.
Carol (Long) Miller
May 14, 2019
My deepest sympathies. Both Bart and Connie were wonderful leaders in all their community activities and I remember their involvement and influence as I grew up and honor their lives. Manistee will continue to benefit from The Erickson’s involvement for many years to come.
James B Bond
May 14, 2019
Bart was a wonderful man. Together with Connie, they always provided a smile and friendship.
Nanci Swenson
May 14, 2019
Bart was a special man. He was loyal and true to whatever organization he was part of - most especially the First Congregational UCC of Manistee. He could be found do any number of things there that needed to be done. I so enjoyed his participation in the Victorians in Person for almost 20 years in his Victorian era finery. His humor will be missed also. I will miss him as I do Connie.
Dawn Hindman
May 14, 2019
What a wonderful man he was. I’m so sorry for your loss❤️
Dave Carlson and family
May 14, 2019
Lance, Susan, and Kyle
We are so blessed to have been great friends with the Erickson family for over 50 yrs. We were heart broken over your beautiful mommas passing and are now heart broken with your loving Papa. Love and prayers to the whole Erickson family. 😭
Tracy Gregory and family
May 14, 2019
In the little time I’ve known you .. you have given me a lifetime of memories always a smile always made me smile. I am blessed to have gotten a chance to know you ...