Monday, February 16, 2009

Obituary: Kenneth Lloyd Mickelson

POYNETTE - Kenneth Lloyd Mickelson departed this life surrounded by the love of his children and grandchildren on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the age of 74. After graduating from Central High School, Madison, he served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Professionally, Ken was a carpenter and worked for Sullivan Brothers and Capitol Ceilings. Ken loved the great outdoors and was a lifelong gun and bow hunter. He trained many Springer Spaniels to hunt pheasants, and in later years enjoyed the close companionship of his rat terrier, Buddy. He was a faithful Packer-Backer all his life. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage; his family was one of the first Mickelson settlers in Vermont, Wis. Ken was a friend to everyone, always ready for a good joke or a gentle ribbing. He was always willing to help friends and family; he was someone all could count on. He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary to his beloved wife, Beverly, in May, 2008, with his immediate family at his favorite supper club. Ken was preceded in death by Beverly on June 16, 2008; parents, Adolph and Florence (Zatocil); and siblings Donald, Lyle, Virginia, Lola, Robert and Betty Ann. He is survived by daughter, Georgia (Robert) Beaverson; son, Donald (Patti); son, Douglas (Toni); son, David; son, Daniel (Sheila); sisters, June Murphy, Meredith Skolaski and Ardith Kuska; and brother, Richard. Ken was the best grandfather any child could ask for, fun-loving, thoughtful and affectionate. He took joy in his eight grandchildren, Michael, Laura, Megan Natalie, Paige, Mitchell, Dayne and Drew. In their hearts "Grandpa Ken" will always have a safe and loving place. His children and their spouses will sorely miss their dad; he was a wonderful man and father. The entire family gratefully acknowledges the kind care and respect shown Ken by the staff of the Meriter oncology wing and HospiceCare. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ken's life on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2008, at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison at 11 a.m. for a Memorial Service. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service begins. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Dr. (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 16, 2009

1 comment:

tim pahman said...

kenny was a good man, always had a joke. he was also a good teacher a very patient man. i am glad i had a chance to know him and learn from him.