Interment took place at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.
William passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at Spencer Hospital.
William Vernon Erick, the son of William H. Erick and Helen (Campbell) Erick, was born Nov. 7, 1928 in Letcher, S.D. He received his early education in South Dakota before moving to Spencer, where he finished junior high and high school, graduating from Spencer High School. Following his schooling, Bill entered the military and served with the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 during WWII until receiving his honorable discharge.
Bill married Mary Janice Berberich on Nov. 19, 1949. They farmed in the Royal/Everly area until 1986, when they went to Mesa, Ariz. Born to this union were six sons and three daughters. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion in Everly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one infant daughter, Linda.
Bill is survived by his wife, Janice of Everly; six sons: Greg Erick and wife, Sharon, Gordon Erick and wife, LeAnn, Larry Erick and wife, Sheryl, Mike Erick and wife, Penny, Blaine Erick, Jon Erick and wife, Judy; two daughters: Joni Bird and husband, David, and Lisa Whitcomb and husband, Bob; 24 grandchildren; and 30 great- grandchildren.
Warner Funeral Home in Everly is in charge of arrangements.