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Lyle Mickelson

Nov. 16, 1935-July 22, 2009

Lyle G. Mickelson, 73, of Frazee, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, with his family by his side and under the special care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lyle George Mickelson was born to Julius "Jay" and Betty (Torkelson) Mickelson on Nov. 16, 1935. He grew up on a farm in Spruce Grove Township, near Wolf Lake, and attended District 75 Grade School and Frazee High School. Lyle was an active member of the Boy Scouts, and after high school he joined the National Guard.

On Aug. 28, 1955, Lyle married Jeannette Wacker at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Menahga. The couple had three children. He and Jeannette were engaged in farming and the turkey business their entire working lives. In 1996, Lyle semi-retired and moved to Big Toad Lake.

Faith, family, and community service were all very important to Lyle. 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.

Lyle 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.

Spending time with family and friends was a favorite pastime of Lyle's. He 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 fieldwork and harvest were his favorite seasons.

Surviving Lyle are his wife Jeannette; his brother, Harold (Sandy) Mickelson; his children, Tom (Jill) Mickelson of Frazee, Barb (Lamarr) VanDame of Fargo and Kevin (Linda) Mickelson of Perham; his eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Donald (1955); his sister Dorothy (Lloyd) Ramsay (1978); his mother Betty (1979); and his father Julius (2000).

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 27 at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Menahga, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Interment will be made in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.

Jones Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids is providing arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit the Web site,