Ruth V. Erickson, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Arlington.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington with the Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating. Burial is in the Arlington Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church on Monday.
Ruth Venetta Leighton was born Feb. 17, 1923, to Orlando (OB) and Bernice (Peterson) Leighton on a farm near Rutland. She attended the Rutland Consolidated School and graduated in 1940. She graduated in 1944 from South Dakota State College with a bachelor of science degree in home economics education. She then taught home economics and English in Arlington schools for three years.
She was a remedial reading teacher, a substitute teacher, a Cub Scout leader, an assistant Girl Scout leader, a Sunday school teacher, a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, a church circle member and a ladies league golf member. Erickson's Grocery and the City Cafe were operated by Hart and Ruth Erickson for many years.
She married Hartman W. Erickson on April 3, 1947.
She is survived by her husband, Hartman W. Erickson; six children, Kathleen (Flash) Helm of Fairfax, Va., Hartman L. (Anna Marie) of Burnsville, Minn., Bradley (Jennifer) of Brookings, Philip (Frankie) of Arlington, Kristen (Greg) Kirkland of Ashburn, Va., and William (Marla) of Denver; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Delores) Leighton of Madison and Larry (Sandra) Leighton of Madison; five sisters, Maurine (Scotty) Stonefield of Oldham, Jean (Adrian) Ingemansen of Brookings, Beverly Leighton of Madison, Dolly (Bill) Uthe of Madison and LaVetta (Bob) Foster of Brookings, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, sisters Maurine and Beverly and a grandson, Joshua Kneip.