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Verllen Nickolauson

Feb. 8, 1941-July 1, 2009

Verllen W. Nickolauson, (pronounced "Nickel-ouson") 68, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, July 1, at St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes.

Verllen Willis Nickolauson was born to Gustaf and Hazel (Clark) Nickolauson on Feb. 8, 1941 in Shell Lake Township, near Detroit Lakes, where he was raised and attended school through the 8th grade.

Verllen graduated from Frazee High School in 1959. He served with the Army National Guard, 1964-69. Verllen married Sandi Nelson, on Oct. 10, 1964 in Fargo. He was employed with Hill Crest Mink Ranch near Detroit Lakes, 1963-79; operated his own mink ranch, 1979-89; worked for Swift & Company in Detroit Lakes until the plant closed; and then drove truck for Steelwood Supply in Detroit Lakes until retiring in 2006.

Verllen enjoyed his vegetable garden, attending his children's activities, cutting wood and the outdoors. He was a member of John Bridges Post 15, the American Legion and Bakke Lutheran Church, where he held numerous offices.

Surviving Verllen are his wife Sandi, of Detroit Lakes; three sons, Eric (Belynda) Nickolauson of Detroit Lakes, Paul (Nicole) Nickolauson of Bismarck, N.D., and Mark (Darlene) Nickolauson of New Knoxville, Ohio; six grandchildren; a step-great granddaughter; and a brother, Donald (Carol) Nickolauson of Osage.

Preceding Verllen in death were his son, Jason (1994); his parents (1984); and three brothers, Elmer, Arvin and Daniel.

Friends may call between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday, July 6 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; the visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 at Bakke Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Greg Anderson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Color Guard.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements.

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