Velt G Erickson passed from this life November 13, 2007. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He was born in Venice, Utah July 24, 1918, the third child and first son of Edward Erickson and Inger Christena Sorensen. He attended elementary school in Venice, and high school in Richfield, Utah. He attended Utah State University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
After completing his studies he enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1942. Upon completing his basic training he was assigned to the European Theater of Operations as a machine gun operator and sharpshooter. He received an honorable discharge from the service January 27, 1946. After his military service he attended the University of Utah graduating with a Master of Arts Degree.
Velt had a great love for children and chose teaching as his career. He taught the sixth grade in the Murray School District for 28 years. He retired from teaching in 1977. After school and during the summer he worked as an auto mechanic at various locations in the Salt Lake City area.
He was raised on a ranch where he developed a love for animals. He learned to ride horses as a young boy. His father was in poor health, and he had to learn to care for the family live stock at an early age. After moving to Monticello he was able to fulfill a dream of having several horses and a small ranch.
Velt was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions over the years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Frances Carol Hillier, daughters Kristine (Jack) Frost, Janean (Elery) Holden, and son Malin Velt (Peggy). He had ten grand children and 2 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, 3 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services were held November 16, 2007 at the Monticello LDS. Stake Center. He was laid to rest in the Monticello City Cemetery.
Card of Thanks
Our family would like to extend thanks to the Monticello First Ward Bishopric, Bishop Holt and his counselors; Lou Ann Hanson and her Relief Society helpers; to Velt’s Hospice nurses; to Dr. Paul Reay and the hospital staff, to the San Juan Mortuary and to the many other people who gave of their time during Velt’s illness.
Kristine and Jack Frost
Janean and Elery Holden
Malin and Peggy Erickson