Dick Erickson

Profile Updated: August 9, 2017
Residing In: Cathlamet, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Joan Chester
Homepage: View Website
Occupation: Inn keeper Of the Villa at Little Cape Horn - WA
Children: Two Daughters & three Grand children & one great granddaughter

Danna Speer, Lives in Carrollton More…Texas with two sons Daniel and Dalton

Lori Ashmore, Lives in Flower Mound Texas with one daughter Josie
Military Service: US Air Force  
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I married to kay Johnson from our class and we moved to Dallas for 35 years. I owned an advertising Company. We have two Daughters and 3 grand children, and then got divored. I have not re-married, but I have been engaged for 8 years to Joan Chester. She was from Washington State so we moved up here and built a Tuscany style B&B. Check out the link on my profile.

I worked at Economic Development for several years for this County and retired for the 3rd time and now help run the Villa. 3 years ago I formed a group of local people to build and open a brewery in our littl town Marins. It's called River Mile 38 Brewing. It has been totally accepted by the local people and in the last two years tourists have found it. Now it's a full time business instead a hobby for us.

I love the cool, wet, green, and very rural life style here. After the fast pace of Dallas and trying to bang out a living it is really nice to slow down and smell the flowers.

If you ever plan to visit the Pacific Northwest give us a call!!

School Story:

High School Stories:

Too many to tell and some would still get me into trouble. For all you guys that did all that stuff with me .. you remember it .. and nobody else would care about it.

Football and my team are still fresh in my mind. Lots of good times

What have you been doing since the 40 year reunion in 2001?

The last 10 years have been sort of crazy. In Dallas I met a wonderful lady Joan, fell in love - again- and then relocated to SW Washington State. We built a Tuscany style Bed and Breakfast Villa. We were going to be innkeepers for 5-10 years. After we opened the Villa I then took the job as the County Economic Development Director for 3 1/2 years until we developed the B&B Business. Then I retired from that and became the Chamber of Commerce President. Now we are building our retirement home down on the River. We hope to sell the Villa in the next few years, move into the smaller home and travel.

How many careers have you had in the past 50 years? Did you have a favorite or most rewarding?

US Air Force
Print Shop Manager - Western Savings and loan Phoenix.
Manger Direct Mail Company - Tempe
Moved to Dallas
Managed Dallas Direct Mail Company - Closed
Owned an Advertising Agency
Marketing Dir for Home Building Company
Owned a Real Estate Consulting Company - sold it
Director of Marketing for a Cell Phone Company
Economic Development Dir for North Dallas Chamber
Started Outdoor Staging company - sold it
Retired
Started a Mobile Staging Company - sold it
Retired
Move to Washington State
Started a B&B business
County Economic Development Director
Retired
Running a B&B and Wedding Business
I have conducted over 40 weddings at the Villa
Started a local craft brewery
Our B&B is for sale and I am looking to Retire again.

What career did you always want to try but never did?

I wanted to be a charter Boat Captain on a Sail boat in the Tropics

What are you most nostalgic about from your Tempe High School years?

I know just a dumb jock! Football, Track & Hunting. I really do miss my team mates. As a kid from across the tracks all of my friends meant a lot to me. Having a group of friends that not only supported me in sports, but they were always ready to go camping, water skiing on the canals, getting somebody to buy a six pack for us, and driving our "fast" cars that we had to repair every weekend.

Favorite Music, Then and Now?

Then I loved Jazz, Now I love Blues

Favorite Movie(s), Then and Now?

Any John Wayne Move then and now

Favorite T.V. Program(s), Then and Now?

Re runs fo John Wayne Movies

What teachers stand out most from those Tempe High School days? Why?

All my teachers that were coaches

What would you like to share about what you've learned from life the past 50 years since Tempe High School?

Hard work and long hours, keeping the mind sharp is what it takes to have success in this world. Being very competitive in sports made me a better businessman.

Are there any embarrassing moments that you are interested in sharing? Strictly optional.

too many times on our camping trips or in the gym, best just leave it there!

Who is that "one person" you would like to see and talk with from your days at Tempe High? Why?

Jane Warne

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:45 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ole pal. At our age every day is special

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 at 9:54 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kay... enjoy that new great granddaughter she will keep you young. The photo of Danna and Madeline reminds me of you. Apples don't fall far from the tree. I hope that baby gets some hair someday.

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Jul 31, 2017 at 7:54 AM

Well here it comes again, another birthday... they sure seem to come fast nowadays. Happy birthday gal, hope to see you guys at the 60th reunion.

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Jun 26, 2017 at 8:38 AM

Well here we are again.. Happy Birthday ol pal

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Posted on: Apr 16, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Hay old timer.. Happy Birthday! I was hoping to make the gathering this year but working two jobs at my age took a toll on me. Running a B&B and s brewery is fun but very demanding. Hope to sell both this year. I plan on a long visit next year. Here is s photo at Christmas with Joan. She had breast cancer but she had a double mastectomy and is now cancer free!

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Posted on: Dec 26, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Howdy pal- Happy Birthday.. I hope all is well with you and your family. Stay strong, I hope to get to Arizona next year. When it gets too hot come up and see us!

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Posted on: Dec 15, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Hi Gal, better late than never.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY .. its good to be vertical and no toe tag. You are still looking good, great photo. I hope to visit the state next year, i really wanted to come to the 55 but just could not get there. You need to visit the PNW before we sell this place. Be good and take care.sent you a photo of Joan and me so you won't forget me.... your pal Dick Erickson

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Jun 26, 2016 at 10:25 PM

Hay Bill.. Happy birthday Ol'e pal! Hope all is well with you! Come up to the PNW and visit now that it's summer . I am part owner of a brewery and we make lots of good locally brewed craft beer to enjoy. Some photos of Joan and I and our brewery. Craft beer is big in the PNW.

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Posted on: Apr 04, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Hard to believe that it has been a year the last time I posted on your wall. Here we are another year older. Happy Birthday pal, I miss you guys. Get out of that heat and come up for a visit! Joan and I would love to show you around our little country. We only have 4,200 people and no stoplights in our country. Also we want tonshare some really great beer out of our brewery. Check out this sunset view of our backyard and the view from the brewery plus some brewery snapshots. We live on the famous Columbia River and the brewery is in our Marina.

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Mar 25, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Posted on: Mar 24, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Happy Bitthday pal, stay healthy, live life large, hug your family, and stay upright for as long as possible!

Mar 13, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Hey ole pal, happy birthday you old fart! Enjoy your special day!

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Feb 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Happy belated birthday ole pal

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Posted on: Feb 15, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Bummer on the reunion, maybe you can have coffee on the same date and we all can gather.

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Posted on: Feb 11, 2016 at 8:27 AM

Happy birthday Barbara, hope to see you again this year if we get enough classmates to join us in October. Enjoy your special day.. Every year we earn a special day just for staying upright.

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Dec 26, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Hi John, well we just keep on going on. Must have been all that healthy exercise we did back in our young years ... Or good clean living... Or we are just plain ole lucky. But whatever thank God we are still here. Happy Birthday pal. Hug your family and take care of yourself.

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Posted on: Dec 04, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Another birthday!!! Great, keep up the good work. Hope you've had a wonderful day. Stay in touch.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Joan and Richard (Dick) Erickson at our open house when we opened the Villa. We designed and built this Tuscany Villa Bed & Breakfast on the Columbia River in May of 2005.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Joan and me hanging at a cook-out on the Famous Columbia River Cathlalmet, Washington.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
My old printing press when I managed the print shop for Western Savings & Loan Phoenix Arizona
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I used to be a scuba instructor in Dallas, this was a trip to Cozamel Mexico, check out that old gear.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
After the dive we went to an island and cooked all the fresh catch!
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Deer hunting in northern Arizona.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I was stationed in Alaska for a short time, getting ready for duty in the dark of the cold night.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
We love our Military Weddings at the Villa, this is right after one of our weddings. We have a lot of GI's get married at the Villa. We have a special Elope package just for the Military.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Shot of me conducting a large wedding on our beach. We hosted over 22 weddings this year.