Dennis Erickson was a dedicated member of Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minnesota, who greeted visitors with a smile and ensured that everything ran smoothly and “never missed a beat.” Erickson died in December at the age of 69, and his fellow worshipers only found out about his meticulous collection of rare toy vehicles at his home in Eagan, Minnesota, after he died…
Lisa Lundstrom, the estate’s executor, claims that Erickson’s collection, which includes seven immaculately maintained working cars, is worth close to 30,000 dollars and fills every square inch of his home. “I’d guess it’s a four-bedroom house,” Lundstrom said, “but I can’t tell because of the cars.” “Cars are stacked floor to ceiling in the restrooms, hallways, and kitchen.”
Lundstrom is the daughter of Celebration Church’s founding pastor and serves as the organization’s chief financial officer. She claims that Erickson grew close to her family because the church served as his family and he was an only child whose parents were both deceased. Lundstrom went inside Erickson’s house for the first time after his death, saying, “I knew automobiles were his hobby, but he was very private about his house, and now I understand why.” He preferred to keep his collection private.
Lundstrom is now in charge of the church’s efforts to honor Erickson’s life and memory by selling his car collection to someone or a group who values them as much as he did. “He had cans and cans of cleansers and dust cloths near a huge chair,” Lundstrom observed. “I imagine he had a rotating program of cleaning everything and putting it back in its perfect spot.”
Lundstrom claims Erickson had built-in bookcases for his toys in his home, as well as a brochure describing his miniature car collection. Lundstrom claims that Erickson, a civil engineer who started collecting cars as a child, kept the original boxes for each vehicle. Erickson’s estate, which includes his home, vintage cars, and antique cars, is estimated to be worth well over six figures. The funds will be used to expand the church’s youth and children’s programs.
“I simply received a piece of paper from his Army Corps retirement,” Lundstrom explained. ” I have a ton of his articles to go through. Some may be disappointed that I never had children or a family, but I have my church family and the mission to serve others and bring souls to Jesus,’ she added. “We want to celebrate Dennis’s life and service with the money from his estate,” Lundstrom said.