Robert W. Erickson, age 77, of The Town of Wilson, died on Friday, August 21, 2020 at his home. He was born in Wakefield, MI on August 6, 1943 to the late Walfred and Imbi Suomi Erickson.
He attended local schools in Wakefield and graduated from Wakefield High School. Robert then went to Northern Michigan University and received a bachelor’s degree and then he earned his master’s degree in Education from U.W. Whitewater. On August 12, 1967 he was united in marriage to Nancy Fessler at Grace Episcopal Church in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Robert taught at Sheboygan South High School for 35 years. He coached football for 14 years, boy’s tennis for 34 years and girl’s tennis for 20 years. Robert was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Sheboygan South High School Wall of Fame for coaching.
Robert was a member of the Sheboygan Yacht Club, lifetime member of The National Education Association and the Wisconsin Education Association. He was also a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan. Robert loved his dogs and wildlife. He enjoyed spending time with friends, fishing, tennis, golfing, traveling and the movies.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; nephews, Bill Erickson and Kristopher Kosup and a niece, Katherine Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, William and Rodney.
A private service for Robert will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Robert’s name, please send memorials to the Sheboygan County Humane Society, 3107 N. 20th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53083.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
Thans Coach and God speed.
I could count my favorite teachers on one hand and he was one of them. Always incredibly kind. It was always nice to regularly see him at the Yacht Club many years later.
My condolences to his wife and family.
Bob was my roommate at NMU as well as a good friend as I was from Bessemer and he was from Wakefield MI we were opponents in High School but best of friends in College as well as teammates in football.
Bob was liked by everyone and a friend to everyone with that great smile. He and Nancy attended our wedding in Chicago where he was the guest of honor and someone that everyone wanted to be with and call a friend. We would get together in Bessemer to celebrate 4th of July when ever we were both in town to catch up and reminisce. Bob will be missed but not forgotten .
Mr. Erickson was my tennis coach during my time at South High. He was so kind and patient with us girls and really helped us be our best. He treated everyone with kindness and support, but with a competitive spirit. He encouraged us to play hard and was fun when we “only cheated ourselves out of laps” . I was deeply saddened to hear about his death and hope that he enjoyed his time with family, friends, and fur babies during retirement. He will be missed and remembered by many that he taught and coached.
So surprised and saddened to hear the news about Bob. Our sincerest condolences to you. He will be missed.
My sympathies and condolences on Bob's passing. I had him as a teacher at South and always thought he was a class act of a guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Also a former student of yours at Wilson 40 some years ago. Take care.
Bob will always be remembered as a gentle soul, always wearing a smile, loving Nancy and their fur babies. Heaven is an even better place now. Our sympathies to you Nancy and family.
Sonja ( Olson) and Jeff Leicht
So sorry for your loss. Bob was a great coach and teacher. My prayers are with you and your family
Dear Nancy, Our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your sweet Bob. We are praying for comfort and peace from your dear Lord. We hope that we can be of some help and support for you. Love Dennis and Robin
Nancy, I was so sorry to hear about Bob. May the wonderful memories give you comfort.