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Lowell Mickelson

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March 1, 1946-Feb. 11, 2009

Lowell "Doc Mick" Mickelson, 62, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at his residence.

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Lowell James Mickelson was born to Haaken and Ellen (Langager) Mickelson on March 1, 1946 in New Rockford, N.D., where he attended school, graduating in 1964. He went on to undergraduate school at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and received his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Wash.

Mick began his general practice in medicine on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Winner, S.D. In 1975 he entered into his emergency medicine practice, working in St. Luke's (now MeritCare), Fargo; United Hospital (now Altru) in Grand Forks; and Heartland Medical Center in Fargo.

During his years of practice, Mick established Lakes Emergency Physicians, providing physician coverage for area emergency departments. He took great pride in his work and the people he worked with.

Mick and Celes were married on June 16, 1990 at their home on Lake Sallie in Detroit Lakes. Mick was an avid golfer, and had the opportunity to play some of the most renowned golf courses in the world. He was a fixture at the Detroit Country Club, where he enjoyed his weekly rounds with the guys he loved. His insatiable curiosity, zest for life and love for travel took him and Celes to many beautiful parts of the world.

In Mick's own words, "I am thankful to have had the gift of life and so thankful for all the people I have known and loved and for all things I have done and experienced.

Doc Mick was a legend in Shoreham, and there is an emptiness in the hearts of so many people he loved.

Surviving Mick are his wife, Celes; a daughter, Breah Christianson of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Kurt Christianson of Fargo and Ross Mickelson of Detroit Lakes; two brothers, Robert (Karen) Mickelson of Caldwell, Idaho, and Roger (Linda) Mickelson of Peoria, Ariz.; two sisters, Joann Mickelson, of Kamuela, Hawaii, and Kathy Lagasse of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; mother-in-law, Yvonne Dybedahl of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two brothers-in-law, Del (Jan) Hartje of Eagle, Idaho, and Charles Hartje of Moorhead; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Grant Mickelson.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes; with visitation for one hour prior to the start of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred sent to the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been entrusted with arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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