Karan Skipworth (Skip) Erdman of Yakima passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Yakima, WA, after an extended illness. He was born during a blizzard on December 21, 1948 in Dickinson, ND to Robert and Maxine Erdman. He was very ill as a newborn and was baptized in the family’s kitchen sink.
Surviving Skip are his son, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert and wife Malissa Erdman of Fort Lewis, WA, and daughter, Dr. Nicole and husband Ron Runyan of Denver, CO. Also, surviving are two grandchildren, Karli and Michael Erdman, along with brothers, Don Erdman of Hamilton, MT, Daryl Erdman of Yakima, WA, and sister, Zan Severson, of Reno, NV.
Skip graduated high school in Mott, ND and from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. He married Anicia Albrecht in 1973 and later divorced. In 1974, Skip moved to Sunnyside, WA, where he co-owned the Erdman Funeral Home and was actively involved in community affairs. He was chairman of the school board, President of the Lions Club, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, and “man of the year”. Skip had a pleasing personality and was well liked by everyone.
In 1980 complications from surgical anesthesia resulted in brain injury and thereafter Skip was limited to what he could do physically. He traveled the world and spent much time in Cambodia. He lived in Ashland, OR for 14 years to help raise his children and lived in the Portland area until moving to Yakima in 2018 to be near family.
Through all the physical ailments, he never lost his sense of humor and good will. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 am at Brookside Funeral Home in Moxee, WA. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale, WA.