Charles Ansel Erickson passed away on November 27, 2020. He was born January 8, 1939 to Olie and Genevie Erickson in Maryville, Missouri. He lived most of his life in and around North Kansas City. Until he moved to Gladstone a few years ago, Charlie bragged that since they started zip codes, he only had one, 64116. He was a proud graduate of North Kansas City High School where he served as president of the student body. He received his undergraduate degree from Drury College. He was elected president of his class for three years and was president of the Student Body his senior year. He received his Law Degree from Washington University, St. Louis and was president of that student body. His career as a lawyer began in Kansas City and he practiced law for over 50 years.
Charlie outlived three wives, Barbara, Kathy and Jan and leaves his loving friend Jennie Wright, Gladstone, MO. Other family include his brother John Erickson, Keller, TX, sister-in-law Sarah Erickson, daughters Kristy Jonas, New Braunfels, TX and Karin Bradford, Arlington, TX, and son-in-law Mike Bradford. Charlie was proud of his four grandchildren, Audrey Norstrom, US Navy, Zach Jonas, Henry Bradford and William Bradford. He was close to his cousin, Pam Trehern, Lincoln, NB.
Charlie was an Eagle Scout and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. The Scout Law says that a Scout is a friend to all. No Scout ever lived up to that challenge better than Charlie did. He will be remembered by anyone who knew him as a loyal friend, full of life and ready for a good time. He loved sports and was an avid Royals and Chiefs fan. He lettered in tennis in both high school and college and as a golfer scored three holes-in-one. He also developed a reputation as an entertainer. Many will always remember his unique rendition of "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" and other classic performances.
A member of the First Methodist Church in North Kansas City of over 50 years, Charlie served as Chair of the Northland Assistance Center, member of the North Kansas City Centennial Committee and was recognized by the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation for his leadership of their efforts.
A memorial gathering will be scheduled when everyone who knew Charlie will feel comfortable attending such an event. Memorial gifts are suggested to the North Kansas City High School Alum ni Fund of the Education Foundation North Kansas City Schools, 2000 NE 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64116, www.nkcschoolsfoundation.org
Cousin ,Lincoln ,Nebraska
Dearest Cousin Charlie: what a wonderful life you had in NKC! You never wanted to leave ~ I’m echo that feeling about Lincoln. I always looked up to you, because from the very beginning you wanted to be a lot like my dad. Now you’re with my folks & yours rest & enjoy the peacefulness of it all. KC will never be the same w/o you. Thanks for sharing your brother & precious daughters with me. I hope you get that last trip to Monticello! Blessings to John, Sarah, Tom & Mike, Kristy & Karin & their families & hope we can all get together soon with Jennie.
step daughter ,Gladstone ,Missouri
Thank you for so many memories from you wearing your favorite teal sweater while gathering for the holidays or watching Royals or Chiefs games .Many experiences you have had you told us all in great stories and gave us a laugh in the end...I don't know how you put up with my mom Jan for all those years..Fly high with the angels
I always looked forward to seeing Charles smiling face at First United Methodist Church. Where my husband and attended for 30 years.I am so sorry for your lose.