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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Man's Last Gift To Church Reveals Lifetime Love Of Cars

ArticlePictureDennis Erickson was 69 years old when he died and was survived by neither children, siblings, parents, nor a spouse. Instead, he bequeathed his home and possessions to the church that served as a substitute family where he had been a regular attendee and usher for over a decade. But when members of the church showed up to Dennis's home they discovered something unexpected, thousands and thousands of model cars that had been collected over his lifetime. With cars stacked from floor to ceiling in every room the collection completely blew away church representatives who had little idea of what awaited them. In addition, a number of real cars were found on the property including a 1959 Edsel, a Ford model that only ran for a handful of years in the late 50's, which is estimated to be worth up to $44,000. Interest in the model car collection has been high with calls coming in from collectors across the nation although the church has yet to finalize disposition of the estate.

See, Man donates home full of thousands of model cars to church, Fox News, March 29, 2016.


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