Ethan John Erickson, age 12, of Hills, died Sunday October 13, 2019, after a relentless fight with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He was born November 11, 2006, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Aaron and Heather (Kemen) Erickson.
Ethan was an avid sports fan. At a young age, he found his love for playing any sport that involved a ball. He was a natural athlete and his first word was “ball”. He loved spending time outside riding bike, playing baseball, but most of all he loved to go fishing. Ethan would fish for hours hoping to catch a whopper and would always catch and release. Recently, he found his passion for gaming and playing Fortnite with his brother and friends. He also spent countless hours playing I-pad games with his sister.
Spending his time with friends and family was very important to Ethan and he enjoyed entertaining them with his quick wit and goofy antics. He was kind hearted, funny, and a people pleaser wanting everyone around him to be happy. Throughout his 18- month battle with cancer, was extremely brave, never complained, and was ready to start each new day fighting.
Ethan is survived by his parents, Aaron & Heather Erickson, Hills; brother, Calvin Erickson; sister, Mya Erickson; paternal grandfather, Dennis Erickson, Hills; maternal grandmother, Donna Kemen, Montevideo; and many very special uncles, aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ann Erickson; and his grandfather Maynard Kemen.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 pm at the Hugo Goehle Gymnasium in Hills; and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Funeral will be 10:30 am Friday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Hills, officiated by Pastor Maggie Berndt-Dreyer. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Hills.
Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne, is in charge of arrangements.
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