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In Loving Memory

Gerald "Jerry" L. Ericsson

November 18, 1947 – September 4, 2020

Our country lost a true American this week.  Gerald L. (Jerry) Ericsson passed away after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer on September 4, 2020.  Visitation hours are from 5-7 PM on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home in Friendswood.  Memorial services will be led by Pastor Ralph Hobratschk of Hope Lutheran Church and held at Stevenson Park in Friendswood on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10:30 AM.  The interment ceremony with full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Jerry served two tours as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and was a two-time Purple Heart recipient, among many other commendations.  He served in The Rattlers as Rattler 19 and as Firebird 94 from July 1968 to July 1969.  Those who were there at the time know of his Chicken Plate which saved him from a bullet to the heart.  His service continued with a second tour in Vietnam from November 1971 through November 1972.

After active duty, Jerry served in the Texas Army National Guard and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was the Battalion Commander of an AH-64 Apache Unit and Facility Commander at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.  He also served as a member of the Friendswood City Council and as President and active member of the Friendswood Rotary Club.

"A part-time hero and all-around good guy," Jerry was a man of great integrity and honor.  As a storyteller, Jerry never met a stranger.  He was well-liked, admired and respected by all those who had the honor to know him and serve under his command.  He is dearly missed, but his stories will live on…

Jerry was the first-born son of Conrad and Josephine Kovarna Ericsson in Sioux City, Iowa, followed by his brother, Art Ericsson, sister, Donna Felder and brother, Mark Ericsson.  Jerry is also survived by his beloved wife, Becky, children, Blake, Chase and wife, Jennifer and three grandchildren, Jake, Cash and Elizabeth.

Condolences may be sent to the Ericsson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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9 thoughts on “Gerald "Jerry" L. Ericsson”

  1. I had the great honor and pleasure of knowing Jerry for more than 20 years. He is a true American hero, great husband and father, a exceptional military commander, and a personality that was unassuming, honest and kind. He is the example of what Americans are supposed to be and will be missed!!

  2. Although I did not know Jerry, it was a privilege and an honor reading about his life. He truly was a perfect example of what a true American is all about. God be with his family am for I know they will miss him greatly.

    1. I never met him but I was blessed to see part of his ceremony at the park as I passed by and an incredible passover of 5 military helicopters paying him respect. I was blessed to read of his service, he sounded like an amazing person. My condolences to all who loved and miss him dearly.

  3. Kitten Brizendine

    Dearest Becky and family,

    My heart is hurting with you in the loss of Jerry. What a joy and treasure he was to serve with on Friendswood's City Council. I will always remember Becky, "handing him off to me" for County Mayor and Council meetings, because although he was a Phenom in the air….we weren't always sure about his navigational skills on the ground. And if God needs a Copter ride He's got one of the best now to fly with.
    Dear Friend we will all miss you.

  4. Despite the hurdles of Covid, the City of Friendswood, Rotarians, Jerry's family, friends and fellow helicopter pilots managed a wonderful
    tribute to a Friendswood treasure Jerry Ericsson. He will be missed by all of us.

  5. Jerry was a great man when I met him in Vietnam and seems to have lived the rest of his life in the same manner. the world is a litter darker with his "transfer" but heaven is that much brighter.
    Mike Callahan
    Firebird 95 68-70

  6. Susan and Chuck de Boisblanc

    Knowing Jerry was truly a pleasure! It was our honor to know and share friendship with a true American hero! His joyful spirit was contagious – only smiles when we shared time with him. His love of family was always on his mind and usually present in most conversations! We loved hearing his stories! There was always a wink and a sparkle during those times! Sending our heartfelt condolences to his amazing and supportive family! Everyone who knew him will miss him greatly!!

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