2005-09-03 / Obituaries


Vernon Eriksson
By Jeannette Doud

The family of Vernon Eriksson brought their beloved husband, father, and grandfather home for burial Wednesday, August 17, on Mackinac, a place he often called the Island Paradise. He and his wife, Meryl, spent many happy years here with Moral Re-Armament, where Vern was always seen overseeing many of the big buildings now known as Mission Point Resort.

Services were held at the Little Stone Church with the Reverend Vincent Carroll as celebrant. Mr. Eriksson was a courageous soldier with the Canadian Army and was the recipient of many honors. His favorite song was “The White Cliffs of Dover,” which was beautifully sung at his service by a dear friend, Cyndi Doragh of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Vern and Meryl loved the Island so much that they purchased one of the Victorian condominiums on Mission Hill, which they enjoyed with family each summer. They often could be seen riding their bicycles around the shore road.

Vern lies peacefully on the hillside in the Island cemetery, surrounded by many of his friends. Close by is a healthy maple tree planted by his son, Dave. The brilliant sun was shining beautifully as his favorite songs were sung at the gravesite. Flowering wild flowers in bloom covered the ground.

Mourners are Vern’s wife, Meryl, his son and family, David and Sally, his daughter and family, Dr. Carol and Fred Entwistle, and three granddaughters, all of Minnesota.

Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends.

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