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Terry G. Mikkelson, 81

Jul 2, 2021

Blue Earth – Terry G. Mikkelson, age 81, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at Parker Oaks Senior Living in Winnebago.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 29 at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, Reverend Dr. Jeanette Bidne officiated.

Terry was born on March 13, 1940 in Blue Earth, to Sigfried and Mildred (Rorman) Mikkelson. He attended Blue Earth High School and graduated in 1958. He also attended Mankato State University. On June 11, 1966, Terry married Carolyn Nesheim of Frost.

Terry worked at Joseph F. Palen as a draftsman then went into sale and design. He went to work for Studio 70, a division of Super Valu, where he was the manager of food service equipment division and retired in February 1996.

Terry was a member of the Minnesota National Guard HHC and Band 47th DISCOM, where he marched and played the snare drum in two inaugural parades, as well as summer and winter carnivals in the metro. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 89.

Terry enjoyed working and tinkering on cars so much, he kept track of every car he owned. He continued to draw, draft, and paint after his retirement. Trapshooting competitions were a big part of his life. He found success and was at the top of his game and won many awards and championships. He was a member of the Richfield -Bloomington Conversation Club. Terry also enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending as much time as possible at the cabin on the lake, his early morning coffee and cookies, and watching the sunrise and fog lift from the lake. Terry loved listening to the sounds and sights of the north woods, this was his happy place. He also loved getting together with friends and family. He liked to keep busy!

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carolyn, of 55 years; daughter, Kris Mikkelson of Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Evonne Mikkelson of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; nephew, Father Scott Mikkelson of Georgetown, Texas; niece, Sheryl (Jerry) Schnitzer of Texas; brother-in-law, Tom (Cheri) Nesheim of Blue Earth; niece, Karrie Nesheim of Blue Earth; and nephew, Tim Nesheim of St. Louis Park.

Terry is preceded in death by brother, Ronnie Mikkelson; brother, Donald Mikkelson; sister-in-law, Thelma Mikkelson; and parents, Sigfried and Mildred Mikkelson.