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Paul Mikkelson

Paul D. Mikkelson, age 82, of Willmar, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, at Harrison Bay Senior Living in Mound following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug, 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake.  Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery in Willmar with military honors provided by the Willmar American Legion Post #167.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church in Long Lake on Wednesday. www.petersonbrothrs.com

Paul Douglas Mikkelson was born on May 27, 1937, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of Martin and Laura (Stumley) Mikkelson.  He grew up in Willmar, was baptized and confirmed at Vinje Lutheran Church and graduated from Willmar High School in 1955.  Paul attended St. Olaf College where he was a proud Ole-UM YAYA!   He then attended Business school in Colorado. From 1961 to 1963, Paul served in the U.S. Army.  On November 3, 1962, Paul was united in marriage to LaRue Janet Mickelson and they made their home in Hopkins.  Paul founded the first credit screening agency in the United States.  He owned and operated Rental Research and later Interstate Credit Control in Minneapolis.  In 2000, Paul passed on the businesses to his children and moved to Willmar where he established the Mikkelson Classic Boat Museum, specializing in the Larson Falls Flyer collection.

While living in Hopkins, Paul was an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and later Vinje Lutheran Church when he moved to Willmar.  Paul volunteered at Vinje as a youth mentor and with the Vinje Brotherhood.  He loved to sing and was active in numerous barbershop chorus groups.  Paul was a past president of the National Association of Screening Agency (NASA).  He was an avid waterfowl hunter and a member of the Solomon Lake Hunt Club.  Paul was proud of his Republican affiliation and Norwegian heritage.  He will be best remembered for his strong faith in the Lord and unconditional love for his family.  Spending time with his grandchildren was one of his favorite things in the world.

He is survived by his wife, LaRue of Minneapolis; daughter, Laura Mikkelson of Maple Plain; son, Lee (and Jennifer) Mikkelson of Minnetonka; four grandchildren, Hunter, Elsa and Gunnar Larson and Matthew Mikkelson; and two brothers, Rev. John (and Muriel) Mikkelson of Menomonie, WI., and Richard (and Susan) Mikkelson of Stillwater, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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The Hanson Boys (Paul, Mark, Rolf), sons of Paul's first cousin Ruth Stumley Hanson, remember Paul and the Mikkelson family very fondly. Paul and Ruth were together at John Mikkelson's church six or so years back and remembered that they both considered each other to be their favorite cousin. We three boys were present at Paul and LaRue's wedding, and Mike Mikkelson made many a trip to our home to look in on the "Stumley boys" as he called us. We extend our sincere sympathy and deep appreciation for having shared in his life.

Paul Hanson Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

We appreciate and recognize your contributions as one of the founding members of our industry. Your leadership will be forever remembered. Rest In Peace Dear Friend... National Association of Screening Agencies

Aug 19 2019 12:00 AM

We will remember with warm fondness your smile, that thunderous laugh and your cherished friendship. The Pearly Gates will open as you approach in the Falls Flyer with Viking mounted on front. Love you Paul Diana& Don Barker

Aug 19 2019 12:00 AM

Paul and I grew up together on Becker Avenue in Willmar. We went to Garfield Elementary and Willmar High School together and I have so many memories of fun times. Our last time together was at the assisted living in Willmar when I was visiting my brother Marty in New London. We had a fun time talking about our childhood and Willmar High School days. Paul was a dear friend. Love to all his family, Deanne Holmquist Mc Cullough

Deanne McCullough Aug 17 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you Deanne-we heard your name often in his stories.Laura

Laura Mikkelson Aug 17 2019 12:00 AM

Good bye to my dear friend, Joseph Batdorf

Aug 16 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you-He so loved his time with you guys sharing the decoy hobby.

Laura Mikkelson Aug 16 2019 12:00 AM

For all you've given our organization and hobby, you will be missed. Rest in Peace - MN Decoy Collectors Board

Aug 15 2019 12:00 AM