Collins Mathew Erickson
Ingomar, MT – Collins M. Erickson, 52, of Ingomar passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the company of his family at the Cedar Wood Villa Care Facility in Red Lodge. Collins’ body finally wore out after over 47 years of fighting his mobility and physical capabilities following a horse riding accident when he was five, but he held on long enough for his family to arrive to say goodbye.
Collins was born on August 16, 1961 in Forsyth, MT to Erik and Patti Erickson of Ingomar in east-central Montana, the second of their four children. He hit the ground running and quickly developed an adventuresome and “don’t say no” attitude that challenged those around him. Following his accident when he was five and months of hospital care, Collins began a long journey of therapy and education at various facilities and schools in the region. During time spent in Billings, Forsyth, and Jamestown, N.D., Collins shared his life with 17 foster families with time on the Erickson Land & Livestock ranch in between.
After his 18th birthday Collins had had enough of being away from his family and home and came back to the ranch and the care of his parents. He participated in most ranch activities and mastered driving golf carts where they weren’t meant to go and wearing many out before finding his Mule (Kawasaki) that met his challenge and kept him mobile for many years. He also worked to obtain his driver’s license which broadened his adventures around northern Rosebud County and many trips to visit his friends in Melstone. When the Ericksons moved from the Ranch in 1987 Collins became the fixture in Ingomar as much as the famed Jersey Lilly. He also spent as much time as he could riding shotgun for Erik and Erickson Trucking around southeast Montana.
Finally in 2002 Erik and Patti were unable to provide the care that Collins needed so he began time in care facilities in Forsyth and Boulder, MT before moving to Red Lodge in 2006. Collins care was challenging at times but he developed many lasting friends at those facilities that carried to the end.
Collins was preceeded in death by his father Erik in 2008, and is survived by his mother Patti; brothers Mark (Kim) and Alan (Jane); sister Marni Talkington (Todd); nieces and nephews Justin, Britnee, Jamie, Andrew, Desiree, Steven, Julissa, Janice, Erik, Shea, Hayden, and Peri. We would also recognize those care providers at the Montana Development Center in Boulder, and the White Group Home and Cedar Wood Villa in Red Lodge, as well as the many friends that made the effort for Collins to live as normal of life as possible.
Private Family Burial will take place in April. A gathering at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar will be held on April 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com
Memorials may be given in memory of Collins to the Tri-City Rec Club in Ingomar or a charity of their choice.