After 80 years of a beautiful life, John Victor Eriksson, went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Monday, April 27, 2020.
John was a first generation Swedish American born is Galveston, Texas, on January 6, 1940. Growing up he enjoyed riding horses at the family farm, fishing, hunting and boating. He was a very determined and accomplished person obtaining his pilots license at the age of 15, much to the chagrin of his parents. He graduated from Ball High School where he was captain of the ROTC and a decorated marksman. He attended Sam Houston State University where he was charter member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. John was an original foodie, and the food at the frat house was not up to his standards so he became the cook for the fraternity and with an entrepreneurial spirit started a catering business on campus, that was met with rave reviews and mentioned in the local paper. John graduated in 1963 with a BA and MBA in Business.
After graduating SHSU he married his high school sweetheart Mary Kay Wilson in Sacred Heart Church in Galveston. They started their life together in Killeen, Texas where they were both teachers. In 1966, They moved to Seattle, Washington where John went to work for Boeing International. John and Mary Kay started their family in Washington state where both of their daughters were born. They returned to Texas in 1972 and John went into investment banking at Gulf Coast Investment Company. He had offices all over the country and his family benefited from his travels. He brought home crates of live lobster from his office in Boston. Caviar when went to the California offices and world-famous Crawfish when working in Louisiana. He loved throwing parties and loved cooking and entertaining which is a key ingredient for bringing people together, which gave him joy.
In retirement, John opened his own mortgage company, he became a Certified Fraud Examiner and he did private investigations. At the end of his life he was the branch manager for All Reverse Mortgage Company and thoroughly enjoyed that role.
John had a servant’s heart and was actively involved in the Rodeo cookoff, Re-group BBQ team. He was President of the SHSU Alumni Association. He was an active member of Gateway church, an energetic participant in his small group and a generous contributor to the prayer group ministry.
Most of all John was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and faithful friend.
John was preceded in death by his parents Gunnar Victor and Katherine Eriksson and his sister, Genevieve.
John is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years Mary Kay Eriksson, and his two daughters and their spouses Julie and Francis DeBaylo, and Katherine and Thomas Kronebusch. His seven grandchildren and their respective spouses, Alexandria, Cory, Jordan, Jeremy and his wife Paige, Dylan and his wife Amber, Kylie and Zachary.
His sister Katherine Hayes and Larry, and her family, Erik and Harriet Hayes, Emily and Daniel, and James and Stacie Hayes, Christian, Gunnar, and Noah.
His aunt, Pat Lindgren and many cousins including, Alvar Eriksson and Carla, Wayne Lindgren, Wilgert Lindren jr., LaNell Robbins, Chuck Lindgren, Jean and Cliff Barnes, and Cecelia and Jim Rappaport.
Celebration of life is Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Gateway Church. Due to COVID constrictions it is limited attendance. Those that would like to attend remotely, there will be a livestream at – (link to be published in FB)


  1. Sorry for your loss, he was a great man. I will always have fond memories for him.

    Charlie Gale
  2. I hope we will get to see it here in Clarksville. Aunt Barbara

    Barbara ely
  3. Kat and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I love you and your family, just know you have lots of people who care for you.

  4. To dear Kathy:

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Dad. What an impressive Resume both in private and public life. You are so blessed for having such a wonderful Father.

    Please know I share your grief.

    Praying he Rest In Peace.


    May Avila

    May Avila
  5. That was beautifully written. What a life!!! ❤️

  6. Mary Kay,
    Although I will not be at the celebration of John’s life on Tuesday know that I am with you in prayer and spirit. He was a wonderful cook and always so thought to all who knew him. He will be missed, XLR hugs Martha

    Martha James
  7. Julie.. We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our deepest condolences to you and you family. Love you!
    David & Myrna

    Myra Taylor
  8. Dearest Mary Kay,
    I’m unable to attend services tomorrow, but my heart ♥️ is with you. John was a great man and we’ll all miss him. Love 💗 you, JK

  9. I loved my Uncle. He called me Teddy. Not sure why, I can’t think of another person who calls me that. I guess he wanted to be unique, he was. I have learned how to cook from him. I was able to spend many hours listening to his perspective on life. He was there with my Aunt to take me in on my Texas adventure. He had an open door policy with me and my family. I loved going shopping with him. He would say, “Hey Teddy, take a ride with me”. Off we went, that is where he told many stories. The man could barely see, but I was always safe in the car with him. I have too many stories about my Uncle John. I will cherish them all. Loved hearing, “Great talking to you, Teddy, come see us.” I knew he meant it.

    Ted Ely
  10. John always enjoyed your sharing in our group bible studies, you will be missed dearly.

    Donna Mithani
  11. Mary Kay. Though I cannot attend John’s service know that I am thinking about you and you’re family. I will miss John’s hugs at XLR events. He was such a special person always with a smile

    Fran Goetz
  12. Dearest Mary Kay, Julie, and Alex,
    Our hearts go out to you all and your family. He was a blessing to our life group. We enjoyed his interesting stories and words of wisdom. May the Lord encourage and comfort you.

    Tom & Sally Olson

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