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Richard A. Mikkelson


Service: Our Savior's Lutheran Church ~ Faribault, Minnesota
  Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Visitation: Our Savior's Lutheran Church ~ Faribault, Minnesota
  Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Richard "Dick" A. Mikkelson, age 79, of Faribault, died on August 4, 2014, at home surrounded by his family, after a five-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Visitation will be at the church for two hours prior to the service on Saturday.

Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Richard "Dick" was born April 26, 1935, to Clarence and Leona (Thompson) Mikkelson in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Dick was baptized and confirmed at Breckenridge Lutheran Church, where he was proud to have been a charter member. He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1953. Dick went on to serve in the North Dakota National Guard and he graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science. He also holds an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. While at the University, Dick performed with the Straw Hat Players. Upon graduation, he worked as a speech therapist for Breckenridge Public Schools. In 1973, Dick received his master's degree in speech pathology from the University of Wyoming, Laramie.

During his career as a speech pathologist, Dick worked for the states of North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He spent the last 15 years of his career at the Faribault Regional Center, the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, and Faribault Public Schools.

Dick married Betty Lou Harvego on August 17, 1968. Dick had three great loves - his family, reading and amassing a book collection, and being a Minnesota sports fan. He was happiest when all three things coincided, which was often. Dick also loved telling stories and spending time with beloved family pets. He was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where he had served on the church council and taught confirmation classes.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children, Andrew (and Tammy) Mikkelson of Red Wing, Robert Mikkelson of St. Paul, and Erika (and Mike) Shores of North Mankato; four grandchildren, Andrew (A.J.) and Zachary of Red Wing, and Edison and Erin of North Mankato; four siblings, Larry (and Carol) Mikkelson of Fergus Falls, DiAnn (and Steve) Mullenbach of Milbank, SD, Gail Mehl of Fergus Falls, and Hugh (and Julie) Mikkelson of Breckenridge; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Leona; and an infant brother, Gary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Faribault Area Hospice, American Cancer Society or donor's choice.


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Name: Mary Kinde
Email: jmkinde@centurylink.net
Date: Sunday August 10, 2014


Betty and family -- I posted Dick's obit on a FB website the alumni of MSAB have. Below are the comments of students who know Dick and will miss him.. Michael Murray Offering my prayers for his family and friends. August 7 at 4:56pm ==================================== Jill Rodifer I remember Mr. Mikkelson, I am sad to hear this 11 hrs ======================================== Johanna Smith He was such a nice man. I'm sorry that I missed the service...May he rest in peace

Name: Cathy and Gene Rossow
Email: rossowpi@msn.com
Date: Sunday August 10, 2014


We are sorry to hear of Dick's battle with cancer,and his death. We lived across the street from him in Bluebird Estates in Faribault for many years before we moved to Pine Island. Our sons Brian, Kevin and Jason enjoyed playing with his boys. Treasure the many great memories that you all have. Our sympathy. The Rossow family.

Name: Scott Hample
Date: Saturday August 09, 2014


I'm sorry to hear about Dick's passing. I have great memories of him as my tennis coach and teacher.

Name: Mary Kinde
Email: jmkinde@centurylink.net
Date: Thursday August 07, 2014


I have so many fond memories of Dick at MSAB. Dick was always one to share a good laugh and yet worked hard with the students. I remember the time he was one of the "judges" for the Halloween costume contest for the multi-challenged students and he wore a judges robe. He is missed by the students he worked with.

Name: Linda Bakken DiPaolo
Email: richandlinda@embarqmail.com
Date: Wednesday August 06, 2014


To Hugh and family: My sincere condolences in your loss. I did not know Richard well but I do remember him from church in Breckenridge. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: Richard "Rick" Mikkelson
Email: richard.mikkelson@plattsburgh.edu
Date: Wednesday August 06, 2014


Dick was my "big" cousin, being eight years my senior. His family and my grew up together in Breckenridge. His siblings were all pretty clustered...1941 to 1945, and I was in the middle of that, born in 1943. But Dick was the "more grown up" cousin. In the early family photos Dick is always the tall one with the smile. I remember listening to Breckenridge basketball games where Dick was playing, and watching him in a tournament game in Moorhead. Since Dick was older, he had a job, and spending money. I was just in middle school when Dick went off to college, so you can imagine how cool I saw him to be. Still, Dick was never too old for us, never too old to be a "good cousin." He would join birthday and Christmas celebrations for his little cousins. Years later he brought the love of his life...Betty...to an infamous family "Flinch game" at my parents house. There was lots of subterfuge and raucous behavior and its a wonder it didn't scare her off. Dick seemed never to age in appearance and spirit. I was lucky to speak with him a couple of weeks before his death. I was surprised to have learned that he spent his first five years in the house I had grown up in, and called to talk with him about that. Dick recalled how much he'd liked his grandfather Christ, and enjoyed telling stories Clarence had told him about Christ. He was in good spirits and was looking forward to seeing everyone at the family reunion. Dick also said, relative to his illness, "you know, it's prayer that gets you through it." We all miss him and our prayers are with Betty and their family. "Cousin" Rick

Name: vicki akemann
Email: vakemann@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday August 05, 2014


First my condolences. I worked with Dick at MSAB and we had many deep, but hilarious conversations. Dick was one of the reasons I stayed sane while he was there. He was so easy to talk to. Unfortunately I am still there 40 yrs) and he is no longer there to keep things light. He was missed when he retired, and he will be sorely missed now. He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.