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Hjalmer B. Erickson

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Hjalmer B. Erickson

March 11, 1920 - Oct. 23, 2008

BENSON -- Hjalmer B. Erickson, 88, of Benson, died Thursday at Swift County-Benson Hospital of heart failure after surviving cancer.

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The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Arrangements are by Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

He was born March 11, 1920, in Benson to Ingvald and Anna Erickson. He graduated from Benson High School in 1938. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Rhode Island.

He married Blanche Berg on June 20, 1942. Following the war, he returned to Benson to work with his father at the Southside Meat Market for several years. He then joined Swift & Co., where he was employed as a route supervisor for 20 years.

He served on the Benson City Council, as well as 31 years as a volunteer fireman and seven as chief. In 1962, he ran for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir. He was a member of the Hungry Four barbershop quartet.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Linda Stromgren of Blaine and Anne Marie Erickson (and husband Richard Cain) of Grand Rapids; and one grandson.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law: Charles "Rusty" Stromgren; and one sister.

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