Erickson was a devoted attendant at the Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minnesota. He welcomed churchgoers with a smile, ensured everything ran well, and “never missed a beat.”
After Erickson passed away in December at 69, his fellow worshippers only learned about his meticulous collection of rare toy vehicles at his house in Eagan, Minnesota.
According to Lisa Lundstrom, the executor of Erickson’s estate, the collection, which also includes seven impeccably maintained running automobiles, consists of about 30,000 cars that cover every square inch of his home.
“I would assume it’s a four-bedroom house, but I can’t tell because of the cars,” Lundstrom added. “Cars are stacked floor to ceiling in the restrooms, hallways, and kitchen.”
Lundstrom, the organization’s chief financial officer, is the daughter of Celebration Church’s founding pastor.
She asserts that he grew close to her family because the church acted as Erickson’s family, and he was an only child whose parents were both deceased.
After Erickson’s death, Lundstrom went inside his home for the first time and said, “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 a private matter.