Terry Erickson was born May 3, 1940, the son of Mamford and Kathleen Erickson. He graduated from Mohall High School in 1959, completed a year at Minot State College, and served for three years in the Army. Terry had an enduring passion for North Dakota, his family and friends who remained there, and the farming community where he grew up. For the last 43 years Terry was known as "The Viking," an independent owner/operator in the Outdoor Amusement Industry. He met his goal of 40 years on the road, and reluctantly retired in 2010. There were no strangers in his life and he made friends wherever he went. Terry was preceded in death by JoEllen Erickson, his wife and partner of 20 years; his sister, Shayne (Erickson) Duncan; and his parents.