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Maurice Mickelsen

June 10, 1927 — August 29, 2011

Maurice Mickelsen, 84, died Monday, August 29, 2011, at the Barrett Care Center. Maurice Christen Mickelsen was born June 10, 1927, in Petersburg, Minnesota, to Paul and Dorothy (Dyke) Mickelsen. He was baptized and confirmed at the Union State Line Church south of Jackson, Minnesota. Maurice attended school in Jackson and eventually graduated from the Elbow Lake High School in 1945. After graduation, Maurice worked on the family farm. On October 29, 1955, Maurice married Lois Manlove at First Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake. To this union, they were blessed with seven children. Maurice worked for the Grant County FSA Office for 37 years as a field man and also worked for Great American Insurance, Hartford Insurance, and Armco Insurance as a crop adjuster. He was a member of the Elbow Lake Rifle Club, was the Junior Rifle Club Instructor, president of the Grant County Farmers Union, former member of the Northstar Bass Masters Club, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Maurice was a naturalist and, as an outdoorsman, could identify any animal, plant, tree or bird. Noted as the "jig meister," Maurice enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children and friends, never missed a sporting event that his children participated in, enjoyed telling jokes, singing, and enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren. Maurice and Lois also took many trips to visit family and friends outside of Elbow Lake. Maurice is survived by Lois, his loving wife of 55 years, of Elbow Lake; seven children: David, Nashville, TN, Maureen (John) Hebrink, Minneapolis, MN, Judy (Jerry) Spencer, Atwater, MN, Becky (Daniel) Romero, Fort Collins, CO, Paul (Noelle), Elbow Lake, Victor (Kirsten), Antioch, TN, and Karen (Randy) Kautzman, Pingree, ND; 17 grandchildren, John, Mary, and Sally Mickelsen, Holly (Aaron) Flemming, Anna Spencer, Benjamin, Jessica, and Samiel Romero, Kyle, Emily, and Hunter Mickelsen, Brennan and Ethan Mickelsen, Cole, Lane, Levi, and Rori Kautzman; three great-grandchildren, Elijah and Mathias Slinden (Flemming), and Iliana Romero; three siblings, Peg Bachmeier, Dorothy Mueller, and Leonhard Mickelsen. Maurice is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Franz; two nieces, Mary and Karen Bachmeier; and mother and father-in-law, Rev. Victor and Ethel Manlove; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Manlove. Funeral: 1 pm Friday, September 2, 2011, Grace Evangelical Free Church, Elbow Lake Cemetery: Ness Cemetery, Elbow Lake Clergy: Pastors Mike Cieniawski and Don Trulson Visitation: 5-7 pm Thursday, Erickson-Smith Funeral Home; sharing time at 6:30.

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake 116 1st Street NE Elbow Lake, MN US 56531

Previous Events

Thursday, September 1, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Sharing time at 6:30.

Friday, September 2, 2011
1:00 PM
Grace Evangelical Free Church

211 11th Ae. SE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Visitation one hour before the service at church.

Friday, September 2, 2011
Ness Cemetery

Elbow Lake, MN

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