Raymond “Ray” Lee Ericson, 73, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

Raymond “Ray” Lee Ericson, 73, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

Ray was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Kewanee, the son of Richard Ericson and Dorothea (Miner) Ericson. The family moved to Arizona in 1946, and Ray spent his childhood in Holbrook, Ariz., moving to Galva in 1956 as a teenager.

Ray is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marian (Hanchett) Ericson and four beloved children, Paige Bartlett, and her husband, Kit, of Farmington Hills, Mich.; Todd Ericson and his wife, Carolyn, of Sugar Land, Texas; Shawn Ericson and his wife, Paola, of Dade City, Fla.; and Brady Ericson and his wife, Tiffany, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jim. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Marge Ericson; sisters Cheryl Holevoet and her husband, John, of Galva; and Sharon Laermans, of Moline; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray lived a rich life, leaving lasting memories for everyone who knew him. He was known for a dry sense of humor and a patient that few possess. It was infrequent to find him without a crossword puzzle fully worked out around him. Ray was blessed with 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and frequently traveled to visit and vacation with all of them.

Many of Ray’s Swedish ancestors lived in and around Bishop Hill, and a memorial fund is being established in Ray’s name with the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.