Lyle George Mickelson, 73, of Frazee, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side under the special care of Red River Valley Hospice.
He was born Nov. 16, 1935, to Julius "Jay" and Betty (Torkelson) Mickelson. He grew up on a farm in Spruce Grove Township near Wolf Lake and attended District 75 grade school and Frazee High School. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts, and after high school he joined the National Guard. On Aug. 28, 1955, he married Jeannette Wacker at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Menahga. They had three children. He and Jeannette were engaged in farming and the turkey business their entire working lives. In 1996, he semi-retired and moved to Big Toad Lake. Faith, family and community service were all very important to him. He was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church where he was baptized Dec. 8, 1935, confirmed July 9, 1950, and held various leadership positions throughout his life. He helped organize the Wolf Lake Rescue Team. He played an integral role in establishing the Wolf Lake Lions Club in which he was a charter member. He received a variety of community service awards including the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1987, and along with his wife, Jeannette, the Valley Farmer and Homemaker Award in 2008. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and was an active participant in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and would often attend their school and sporting events. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, music, dancing and grilling a good steak. Spring field work and harvest were his favorite seasons.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 28, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Interment will be made in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette; his brother, Harold (Sandy) Mickelson; his children, Tom (Jill) Mickelson of Frazee, Barb (Lamarr) VanDame of Fargo, Kevin (Linda) Mickelson of Perham; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald, in 1955; and his sister, Dorothy (Lloyd) Ramsay in 1978; his mother in 1979; and his father in 2000.