PLANTATION, FL (January 10, 2011) – A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday for retired Evangelical Covenant Church pastor and missionary L. Daniel Ericson, 89, who died last Saturday.
The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Village Center at Covenant Village of Florida. Chaplain Judy Swanberg will officiate.
Ericson was born May 15, 1922, in Whitemouth, Manitoba. He married Anne Busk on September 7, 1946. She survives.
Ericson served multiple Covenant congregations. He also served as a Covenant missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1951 to 1974. Later, he served as chaplain in the Immanuel International School in Stockholm, Sweden from 1977 to 1987.
When Dr. Paul Carlson was murdered in Congo in 1963, it was Ericson who identified the missionary’s body, arranged for the return of Carlson’s body to Karawa, and conducted the funeral.
While in Congo, Ericson’s ministry included serving as general secretary of Protestant Missions, as secretary of the Department of Information and Radio of the Congo Protestant Council, as leader of a new Bible school in Gbado, as principal of the Congo Christian Institute, and as a teacher in several schools.
While in Stockholm, Ericson also served as the executive director and executive secretary of the Paul Carlson Medical Program.
Covenant News Service will publish additional information as it becomes available.