Kevin Ericson

Kevin Ericson Obituary


Age - 46


August 26, 2023


Morris, MN

A Celebration of Life for Kevin Ericson of Starbuck, formerly of St. Paul, Minnesota, will be held at a later date in the Metro area. Kevin Arthur Ericson, Jr. was born on October 12, 1976, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Kevin Sr. and Kathleen (Behrendt) Ericson. Born of a Military family, Kevin moved with his family all over while his Dad was serving, they lived in Germany, South Carolina, and Kansas, before returning in Minnesota. In his younger years, Kevin was in Boy Scouts and Junior ROTC. Kevin graduated in 1994 from City Academy in St. Paul. He went on to attain his truck driving license and began his career as a long-haul trucker; working for others until 2011 when he started Ericson Transportation. In September of 2004, Kevin met Renee Meissner at the Renaissance Festival. The two made an instant connection! They moved in together shortly after and were married on October 31, 2006, at Vermillion Falls in Hastings, Minnesota. They made their home in St. Paul, welcoming a daughter, Ismera. In 2020, they began looking for properties to house their family and their business outside of the metro. They found the perfect property in Barsness Township, Pope County, near Starbuck, and moved to the country. Kevin was willing to help anyone whenever he could, especially his many friends who became family to him. He was a big supporter of Wreaths Across America, dedicated to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Kevin would donate his time, truck and trailer every year for delivering wreaths. Kevin was sarcastic, always ‘told it like he saw it’, was brutely honest and didn’t sugarcoat anything. He enjoyed video and computer games, movies, and television shows, especially Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman. The yearly Renaissance Festival was extremely important to him, for many years, he had a season membership, and he and Renee would spend as much time as they could there; even making it to the opening weekend this year. Kevin died on Sunday, August 20, 2023, due to complications with his Type I Diabetes. He was 46 years old. Kevin is survived by his wife, Renee, of Starbuck; his daughter, Ismera of Starbuck; his parents, Kevin Sr. and Kathleen of Starbuck; one brother, Keith (Brenda) Ericson of Blaine; parents-in-law, Brian and Peggy Meissner of Hastings; sister-in-law, Angie (Kevin) Lane of Hastings, nieces and nephews: Zachary Ericson, Tori Jones, Kaanan Lane, and Kaaliyah Lane; and many other extended family and friends. Kevin is preceded in death by his grandparents. Starbuck Funeral Home is in care of arrangements for Kevin.

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Age - 72

November 13, 2023

William Edward Meek passed away on November 12, 2023, at the age of 72 surrounded by his family. Bill was born on November 23, 1950, in Warren, MN to Sophie (Smith) and Alvin Meek. He graduated from Stephen High School in Stephen, MN in 1968 where he was active in football, basketball, track and band. He was known for carrying out many pranks with his friends and younger brother John while in high school. Bill spent his summers camping around Bemidji as a child while his Dad built area hospitals and schools. He spent summer weekends camping and fishing at Lake of the Woods as a child and an adult. He shared his love of hunting, fishing and camping with his children as they grew up. Bill married Leslie Thibodo on June 13, 1970, in Stephen, MN. Bill graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1973 with a degree in accounting. Bill and Leslie owned Meek Accounting in Elbow Lake from 1973-1984. After selling their business he took over as controller of Cosmos Enterprises. Bill and Leslie moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1989 so Leslie could pursue graduate education. Bill worked for several companies while in Michigan and specialized in helping companies at financial risk. Bill and Leslie moved back to Minnesota in 1994 where they built a hobby farm near Starbuck. Bill raised grass fed cattle and chickens with his son-in-law Dennis. After moving back to Minnesota Bill worked for Superior Industries for several years before eventually retiring from Toro. Bill is survived by his wife Leslie, daughter Jeni (Rick) Toms and son Andy (Aubree) Meek. He is also survived by his grandchildren Cody (Danielle Keck) Wutzke, Colton (Genevieve) Wutzke, Morgan Meek, Hannah Wutzke, Bradyn Meek, Nora Meek, Kyle (Brooke) Toms, Alex (Ashley Thompson) Toms and Stephanie Toms and great-grandchildren Garrett and McKenna Toms. Other survivors include brother John (Linda) Meek, sisters-in-law Lynn (Steve) Johnson and Kelly (John) Prigge, brother-in-law Scott (Pam) Thibodo and son-in-law Dennis Wutzke as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Sophie Meek, brother Larry Meek, sister Marilyn Smidt and mother-in-law and father-in-law Donalyn and James Thibodo. Bill did not wish to have a public funeral service. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make donations to https://ragom. org RAGOM Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest. Starbuck Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements for Bill. To send condolences to the family, please visit www. pedersenfh. com.Show more

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