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Church Makes Shocking Discovery In Donated Home

A Minnesota man named Dennis Erickson left behind a big surprise when he died earlier this year at age 69. He was a long-time church usher and left his house and its contents to his church.

According to Lisa Lundstrom, the financial manager of the church, the house was full of model cars. Apparently every available space was covered with toy cars. “Literally it's floor to ceiling every single room,” laughed Lundstrom.

Every single room, hallways, the utility room, even the bathroom walls had become display areas for Erickson’s collection.

It turn out that over 30,000 cars were on display, including full sized Model T Ford, a ‘59 Edsel and a ’66 Rambler.  

After doing some research, Lundstrom notes: “This is one of the largest collections in the entire world, right here.”

Lundstrom found out that Erickson started collecting cars at the age of 9, and days after Erickson died, more model cars were still arriving.

Apparently Erickson was an only child, and he lived in the house with his parents until they both died. He was not married and had no children.

“He didn't have family to put a funeral together for him, we did it as a church, because he was our family,” Lundstrom explained.

Erickson’s Church Family Celebrating His Generosity

Erickson’s church family is celebrating the passion of the member who also cataloged thousands of automotive brochures and logged everything he did with his cars, from putting STP in his Edsel to spraying Armor All on the tires.

Lundstrom says she thinks the car collection will bring in high six figures, the large majority of which will end up with Celebration Church.

The church has announced plans to remodel and expand its youth facilities.

Derek Ross, the pastor of Celebration Church, commented: “I believe that using the gift that Dennis gave to impact future generations is exactly the way he would have wanted it to be.”

Source: KARE 11
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