John Ericson

Obituary of John Ericson


John Ericson, 97, of Rexford passed peacefully on February 9, 2022. Born in Queens, New York to the late John Ericson and Carla Pedersen.

After high school, he joined the United States Army, proudly serving from 1943 to 1945 and was assigned to the 17th Airborne Infantry at Camp Forrest in Tennessee. He was one of more than a half a million Americans fighting back Germany’s last big attack of World War II at the Battle of the Bulge, where he was injured and received the Purple Heart. 


John later earned his Bachelor’s Degree from RPI. John worked at General Electric for 10 years and then transferred to Knolls Atomic Power Lab as an Engineer, where he focused on prototype nuclear reactor manufacturing and retired after 28 years in 1986.

In 1947, he met the love of his life, the former Gloria Brown on a blind date set up by mutual friends from RPI. The couple were married on June 19, 1948, then moved into their first home in Alplaus, they lived there for 13 years before their forever home of 54 years nearby in Rexford.


John enjoyed woodworking, playing pool, and drinking scotch.

Predeceased by his wife Gloria Ericson. John is survived by his niece, Karen Schleif.

Private services were held at St. George Episcopal, where John and Gloria’s ashes were committed in the church columbarium. Loved ones of the Ericson family found peace in knowing that John and Gloria are reunited again.


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