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William H. "Bill" Erickson

November 22, 1939 - October 5, 2018

William H. “Bill” Erickson, 78, was born in Chicago and grew up in the Rogers Park neighborhood.  This is where his love of the outdoors and horses began.  He was able to hunt and ride horses nearby.  At this time in Rogers Park much of the neighborhood remained farmland, and there were stables and bridle paths …read more

William H. “Bill” Erickson, 78, was born in Chicago and grew up in the Rogers Park neighborhood.  This is where his love of the outdoors and horses began.  He was able to hunt and ride horses nearby.  At this time in Rogers Park much of the neighborhood remained farmland, and there were stables and bridle paths within walking distance.  Bill went to Amundsen High School where he was able to play football.  He excelled at the sport, and continued playing while attending the University of Illinois.

Around the age of 21 Bill joined the Chicago Police Department.  During his 31 years of service, many of which were as a Detective, he served in roles that covered many parts of the city and made many life-long friends.

Bill married Jan Boekenhauer, and from that union had two daughters, Kristin and Karin.  He later married to Diana Sobczak with whom he had two sons, Neil and Michael.  They resided in the Logan Square neighborhood until his retirement.

Bill, Diana, and his two sons relocated to Rifle, Colorado in 1991 where he lived for 26 years.  Bill enjoyed working in the fields growing the hay for his five horses.  His ease with striking conversations with just about anyone allowed him to make many friends in their new town.  He was also able to spend a great deal of time horseback riding, hiking, and snowshoeing in the surrounding mountains.

Over the last few years Bill’s health declined and with the support from his family he fought dementia and cancer. These diseases took some of his key traits away – his skilled storytelling and his fierce independence. In 2017, Bill moved back to Chicago and was able to be near his children and grandchildren (Simmone, Dayao, Joseph, and Joshua).  He passed away peacefully, surrounded by the infinite love from his children and grandchildren, who will be forever grateful for the additional time they had with him in Chicago.

His family is also grateful for the compassionate care that he received from the staff at Silverado of Morton Grove, and JourneyCare Hospice.

Memorial Visitation will take place on Friday, October 12, 9am, Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N Cicero Avenue, Chicago, until time of memory sharing at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to Alzheimer’s Foundation or a charity of donor’s choice. Interment Private.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Smith-Corcoran Chicago Funeral Home

6150 N. Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

Service Information

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Smith-Corcoran Chicago Funeral Home

6150 N. Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

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