Erik was a true Viking, who fought his cancer with strength and courage. He never complained and retained his Swedish humor.
He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1964, to become an airline pilot.
His first job was with Pacific Airlines. There he met his wife, Bonnie. They married in Sweden. Shortly after their marriage, he experienced lung collapses which prevented him from future flying. He loved the airline industry and continued to work for several more airlines all through the deregulation and the merger period. He retired at age 57 due to persistent health problems.
During his airline career he traveled extensively, often including his nieces and nephews. They visited Europe, Egypt, East and South Africa and Machu Picchu in Peru. His most memorable trip was flying on the British Airways Concorde from New York to London. He enjoyed Kenmore Air, flying to the San Juan Islands and taking whale excursions.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie; his 99-year-old mother-in-law, Babette; a sister in Sweden; 3 sisters-in-law; and 14 great nieces and nephews.
Erik donated his body to the Willed Body Program at the University of Washington Medical School.
Remembrances can be made to the Virginia Mason Foundation. He was thankful for all their years of expertise, care and kindness.