Ethan John Erickson, 12, Hills, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, after a relentless fight with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Hills. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Hugo Goehle Gymnasium in Hills and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Ethan Erickson was born Nov. 11, 2006, to Aaron and Heather (Kemen) Erickson in Sioux Falls. He was an avid sports fan. At a young age, he found his love for playing any sport that involved a ball. He was a natural athlete and his first word was “ball”. He loved spending time outside riding bike, playing baseball, but most of all he loved to go fishing. Ethan would fish for hours hoping to catch a whopper and would always catch and release. Recently he found his passion for gaming and playing Fortnite with his brother and friends. He also spent countless hours playing I-pad games with his sister.
Spending his time with friends and family was very important to Ethan and he enjoyed entertaining them with his quick wit and goofy antics. He was kind-hearted, funny, and a people pleaser, wanting everyone around him to be happy. Throughout his 18- month battle with cancer, he was extremely brave, never complained, and was ready to start each new day fighting.
Ethan is survived by his parents, Aaron and Heather Erickson, Hills; a brother, Calvin Erickson; a sister, Mya Erickson; his paternal grandfather, Dennis Erickson, Hills; his maternal grandmother, Donna Kemen, Montevideo; and many very special uncles, aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ann Erickson, and his grandfather, Maynard Kemen.
Arrangements are provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com.