Obituary: ERICKSON, RAYMOND ELLSWORTH

Published: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 7:33 p.m. MDT

Raymond Ellsworth Erickson1915 ~ 2011Raymond Ellsworth Erickson was born July 3rd 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah and passed away peacefully, Saturday October 15th 2011 at his daughter Susan's home, surrounded by many of his loved ones.He was taught to work hard in his youth, and continued this work ethic throughout his entire life. He met his wife Margaret while he was up in a tree, and she had stopped to talk to friends. He came down and the rest is history.He married Margaret Searle in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1, 1936. She passed away in November 2004, at her daughter Marla Ray's home.He helped raise six of his wife's brothers and sisters. Nona Searle Hess lived with them, from age four until her marriage.Raymond owned and operated a grocery store on 21st South and 6th East for over 30 years. He provided groceries to the needy and those who could not pay.Daddy was very active in the LDS church his entire life. He was a long time member of the Douglas Ward and served as bishop's counselor twice. He served in the Salt Lake Temple with his wife, as a greeter at the front desk. He also performed many sealing's under the direction of Ned Winder.He is survived by his two daughters, Marla Ray Carlisle (Allen), Susan Sedgwick (Dean) and his son Milton Erickson (Jean). Nine grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren with two more to be born in December. One grandson preceded him in death. He is also survived by Nona Hess (Scott) and her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and Marilyn and Don McClery whom Daddy provided a great beginning in their life.He loved each of us unconditionally, from the oldest to the youngest. He will be missed as the patriarch of his immediate and extended family members, serving as a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather.Rest well Daddy! We admire your life of hard work and devotion to the church, and raising a wonderful family. We love you Daddy. Your children and your posterity wait to join you and Mother as an Eternal family.Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., at the Holladay-Cottonwood Mortuary Chapel, 4670 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT, where a viewing will be held one hour prior. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.Online obituary and guest book at www.memorialutah.com