Claire E. (Joe) Erickson, 95 years young, peacefully entered the Presence of Jesus on Jan. 10, 2013, at home in Edmonds, with his family surrounding him. He was born on March 27, 1917 in Isanti County, MN. He moved to Seattle with his parents and brother in 1933 and graduated in 1935 from Lincoln High School. Joe worked at Grandy Boat Yard and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an expert interior woodworker and besides building homes his family lived in, he remodeled many other homes as an independent contractor. Later, he was a painting contractor for many years, followed by being painting supervisor at Shoreline School District from which he retired in 1976. Joe is survived by Viola, his wife of 40 years, and 2 daughters, Judy Erickson and Jeannie (Keith) Bond, grandchildren Michele Erickson, Jim Erickson, Mark Bond, Heidi Townsend and Lisa (Doug) Taylor, on Joe's side of the family, and stepson Bruce (Frankie) Johnson, grandchildren Eric (Shawn Rogers) Johnson, Karen (Jim) Fisker-Andersen, on Viola's side of the family, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold.