Herbert “Herb” Erickson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, August 6, 1927
Date of Death:
Friday, March 22, 2024
96 years old


Date: Saturday April 20, 2024
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday April 20, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, August 6, 1927
Date of Death:
Friday, March 22, 2024
96 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, August 6, 1927
Date of Death:
Friday, March 22, 2024
96 years old

Herbert “Herb” Erickson

Herbert Milton Erickson, 96 of Rochester, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at his home at ReaLife Cooperative. Herb was born August 6, 1927 to Herbert and Ann (Mittag) Erickson, in Brainerd, MN.  He graduated from Brainerd High School in 1945 and joined the Army Air Corps.  While in the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Joan L. Albertson on March 21, 1946.  Throughout their 60-year marriage they enjoyed time at their cabin, bridge with friends, and entertaining, especially with Herb playing the piano.  They also became established Antique Dealers with an emphasis on glassware before Joan passed away on April 11, 2006.

Herb was a police officer for 7 years on the Brainerd Police Department.  In 1960, he resigned from the police force and moved to Rochester to work for IBM. He retired in 1987 having worked in Manufacturing, Programming, and Management.

On May 12, 2007, Herb married Jerine Jones of Rochester. They enjoyed their time together doing all the things they loved: spending time with friends, volunteering, Kiwanis, theatre, fine dining, travel, concerts, square dancing, reading, and Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights. Herb said from the beginning they would pack 6 years of living into every year they would be allowed.  We, friends and family, believe they did.

Herb was committed to community service and became very active in the Masonic Lodge.  He served as Master of the Lodge in Rochester and Dodge Center. He belonged to the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Shrine. He founded the Osman Shrine Dragon Patrol and served as president for the first two years. It has become one of the most popular and sought after parade units in the Midwest. Herb was selected as the Shriner of the Year for 1982. He also served as the head of Commandery Chapter and Council of the York Rite. He was a member of Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem, serving as Watchmen of Shepards and as organist for both groups. He was a Mason in good standing for 65 years.

As a charter member of the Kiwanis Day Makers, he served as President and Lt. Governor for Region 7 of Minnesota-Dakota District and was awarded Distinguished Lt. Governor status for his term.  He spent many hours volunteering in support of this organization.

Herb was inducted into the 2000 Rochester Bowling Hall of Fame for creating and directing the youth bowling program at Tropic Bowl in Rochester.

He was also a member of the Elks Lodge for 31 years, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was on the Board of Directors for the Rochester Senior Center.

He is survived by 5 children with his first wife Joan: Herbert (Dorothy), Gregory and Mark, all from Rochester, Sandra Butz of St Cloud, Pamela Schmidt of Zumbro Falls; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; and best friend and companion, Helen Kolb, who he shared the last years of his life with.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Joan, second wife Jerine, and brothers Clyde and Tyrone.

The Memorial Service for Herb will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2024 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home (1119 11 ½ Street SE Rochester, MN) officiated by Pastor Todd Spieker. A dinner will follow the service. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

Private interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd, MN at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or Rochester Covenant Church.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.


The family of Herbert “Herb” Erickson has received the following condolences.

Had hoped to get there for the service today, but unfortunately cannot. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Helen and all the family. There is a well-known poem, How Do You Live Your Dash (below), and Herb certainly lived his dash to the fullest. He was an amazing person, always at the front of the line to help and to arrange for things to be done. I met him first in Kiwanis where he served in so many leadership roles - we had particular fun with bus trips he arranged to Chanhassen for plays. What a guy! Our community was so lucky to have him.


How Do You Live Your Dash? by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on his tombstone

From the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time

That he spent alive on earth...

And now only those who loved him

Know what that line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;

The cars...the house...the cash.

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...

Are there things you'd like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what's true and real,

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile...

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read

With your life's actions to rehash...

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

Got to know Herb through the Learning is Forever Program and my involvement with Tee it up for The Troops, where I learned the stories of his involvement in WWII. He was one of our special veterans and he will be missed. 

So sorry to hear about Herb. I remember one day at Jr. Bowling, Herb asked me about Free Masons & Shrine. I proceeded to explain what I knew &

my participation in Roch. Cycles. Before you could imagine, Herb was a Mason, Shriner & started the Dragons...the rest is History, RIP Nobel, you will be 




Will miss you a lot Papo. Love you.