Korey Eriksen, 35, of Wayne, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at his home in Wayne.
Services will be held Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. The Rev. Kristen Van Stee and P.M.A. Deb Hammer will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne with family present. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation, to Cancer Research, and the Buffett Cancer Center.
Korey Lea Eriksen passed away at his home on March 3, 2020 after courageously battling Grade 4 Glioblastoma (brain cancer) for almost three years. Korey was born Aug. 20, 1984 to Steve and Paula (Byroad) Eriksen in Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from Homer High School in 2002 and attended Wayne State College, before starting the Lineman program at Metro Community College in Omaha. Upon graduation in 2009, Korey started working in Wayne at Northeast Nebraska Public Power District. In September of 2013, he received his Journeyman Lineman certificate and was employed with NNPPD until his retirement in April of 2018.
Korey married Kim (Hattig) on Jan. 28, 2017 and they have one adorable son, Maddux. Korey loved everything about being a father to Maddux. He was so excited to have a son that he could someday teach how to play baseball and golf. As a family they enjoyed going to the golf course together and Maddux loved to drive daddy’s golf cart. Korey loved his Kansas City Chiefs and Boston Red Sox. Kim and Korey went to many NFL games in Kansas City and even made the trip to Boston to see Fenway Park and cheer on the Sox! Korey was well known for his sense of humor and was always known to lighten the mood frequently cracking jokes with friends and family and playing practical jokes on his co-workers.
In May of 2017 Korey was found to have a tumor in the right side of his brain, a glioblastoma. Korey received radiation and chemotherapy treatments at the Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha. He was also part of a Clinical Trial at City of Hope in Los Angeles California in 2019. The nurses and staff at City of Hope and the Buffett Cancer Center were all tremendous through his journey. Though the treatment was physically taxing, Korey was always positive. His sense of humor never failing to be a comfort to his friends and family, even though he was the one fighting for his life. The family is taking memorial donations in lieu of flowers for the Buffett Cancer Center in hopes to help families in need during their tough fight with cancer.
Survivors include his wife, Kim; their son, Maddux; parents, Steve and Paula Eriksen of Homer; two brothers and their families, Brandon (Kayla) Eriksen (nephew Brennan and niece Kinley) of Homer; Jordan (Kylie) Eriksen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; grandmothers, JoAnn Eriksen of Sioux City, Iowa and Janice Parrill of Homer; parents-in-law, Tom (Joyce) Hattig of Wayne; and sister-in-law and family, Amy (Troy) Evans (Gracen and Garrison) of Ponca.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Albert Byroad, Jr. and Darrel Eriksen; and step-grandfather, Lonnie Parrill.
Pallbearers will be Dave Rasmussen, Curt Harris, Robert Dean, Bob Backman, Dave Dredge and Zack Cook.