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Donald R. Ericson, 68, of Sycamore passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Kishwaukee Hospital. Born March 6, 1949 in Elgin; the son of Ernest and Mildred (France) Ericson. Graduate of Irving Crown High School Class of 1967. He married Susan Monroe July 29, 1972. Don loved being around people, and using his hands to create beautiful and interesting things. He is a published author and served with the C75 Rangers in Vietnam.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; children, Robyn (Robert) Harvey, Amy (Allyn) Buhrow, and Timothy (Hillary Neville) Ericson; two brothers, Paul (Micki) Ericson and Larry (Patty Casey) Ericson. He was blessed with 9 grandchildren and adored his cats.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a Memorial service at 3:00 p.m. in Don and Susan's home, 341 Home St., Sycamore, IL. In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka Kansas, 66675. or visit

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  1. John Villanueva Garcia

    I met Don at one of our 173rd Chicago Chapter meetings and he was with John Rotundo. I think he said his unit the 75th Rangers were LRRPing for the 173rd. Of course, anyone who helped us to destroy the enemy was a friend of ours (the 173rd). I talked to Don at various functions and was impressed with his knowledge and demeanor. He was a good Trooper and American. Rest in Peace, Soldier. Respectfully, John V Garcia, C Combat. 2/503rd Parachute Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Combat Viet Nam 1966-1967.

  2. Laurie Rotundo

    Being that our dads were comrades in Vietnam and co-authors of Charlie Rangers, I had the pleasure of spending a portion of my childhood with "The Ericsons." It was always a blast for us kids and we always knew the "dads" were in their own little world as they sipped on their adult beverages and listened to old war tunes. I'll miss you, Don, and will always hold you dear to my heart. RLTW! Laurie Rotundo

  3. Lowanda

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Death is never easy and it brings great sorrow. May you find comfort in friends, family, and Scriptures from God's Word. May the God of all comfort will help you endure this sad time, God cares for you. 1st Peter 5:7.

  4. John B. Jr. Andres

    Pleasure to have known you, and to call you Brother. Airborne All the Way!

  5. Rennetta Mickelson

    Could not believe this sad news. Susan, I'm so deeply sorry for your terrible loss. You and your family are in my heart and in my prayers. No one will miss Don like you will, but we will all miss him. What a guy! What a great guy!

  6. Sue Michels

    Graduated with Don from Crown High. Prayers and blessings to the family and the friends who were so lucky to know him. A great guy with a great sense of humor. He will be missed...

  7. John L. Rotundo

    Thanks for brightening everyone's life you touched with your infectious smile and sense of humor. Our time spent together in Vietnam and in Illinois will always have a special place in our hearts. I love you man, my friend and brother Ranger.

  8. Sheila Larson

    Susan and family I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. My prayers go to you and remember all the wonderful memories you had with him.

  9. Bonnie Sue Agner

    A giant among men. A true friend to my husband Sammy and myself. One of the funniest people I ever knew. His family was everything to him. Thanks Don for always having a way of making everyone feel at ease around you. We will see your craftsmanship everyday, with appreciation never fully known. You will be missed. Our prayers, love and thought are with Susan, Robin, Amy and Timmy. God draws nigh to the broken hearted and I know Don would agree that life goes on and Rangers Lead the way. Love you all.

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