Ryker Jacob Erickson came into this world a fighter. He was born premature, at 34 weeks, with a chromosomal disorder, which caused him to have mental and physical challenges. His parents were told that Ryker would be blind and deaf and not survive to see his first birthday. Ryker, however, had other plans. He far exceeded his life expectancy, learning to roll, sit, crawl, and pull himself up. Through his therapies and schooling, he explored art, play, and physical control. He fought to learn and grow every day in his short three years with us.
Ryker loved to be outdoors. Go on walks, go to the park, go on car rides. He loved to be on the go, to go fast. He loved wheels, flashing lights, and music. His mom added a little magic to his life by encouraging him to jump and dance, to enjoy movement by holding his hands for support. His dad gave him new perspectives by riding Ryker around on his shoulders, always serving as Ryker’s rock. His sisters taught him love through their endless kisses and sweet embraces. He shared all of these loves and experiences with his twin brother, Krew. Their connection was obvious. Ryker was a little more advanced than his twin which inspired Krew to follow his lead. Ryker’s influence on his family was eternal. The lessons learned from him and memories created with him will always be cherished.
Ryker will be missed by his mother, father, sisters, brother, and countless additional family and friends. We miss our sweet, blue-eyed boy but know that he is perfect in Heaven. It will be a joyous day when our family can be together again.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10:00 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 1911 N. 24th Street, Mesa, AZ 85213. The viewing will be held prior to the services at 9:00 am.