Jerry K. Mickelson, 41, Frazee, MN, died Friday, June 8 near Perham, MN. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 12 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evergreen in rural Frazee, Reverend Anthony Cloose, officiating. Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Toad Lake.
Friends may call 5:00 - 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evergreen.
Jerry Kirk Mickelson known as "Fritz", was born June 12, 1970 in Detroit Lakes, MN to Willard and Helen (Anderson) Mickelson. First and foremost, Fritz believed in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He once shared that he would give up everything in this world as long as no one could take his faith from him. He died in that faith and now celebrates in heaven with his dad, whom he missed so dearly. He is a 1988 graduate of Frazee High School and then attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Following four years of college at NDSU, he became a self employed building contractor. He began building condominiums on Toad Lake in 1994 and continued to build condos and a couple of houses, one for his brother. Fritz forever cherished the years he spent working with his good friend, Scott Ulschmid. He often spoke of those "good years" with genuine fondness. Fritz more recently shared his construction skills with two of his nephews as they began to build a small cabin in the woods.
Fritz enjoyed taking quiet boat rides over calm clear water every spring to look for fish swimming below. Spring also meant fishing for walleyes and inviting all of the nephews to his condo to try for crappies. He also enjoyed the Vikings and the Twins - win or lose (he didn't care for fair-weather fans), the Wall Street Journal, political discussions, the Dan Patrick Sports Show, camping as a kid every year on his birthday, waterskiing when he was younger (but still reminding us of how good he was), sitting at the campfire, teaching the proper golf swing to Tommy and Charley, and playing 9 holes of golf with many of his nephews every summer. He appreciated good food, like Ally's granola bars, and he perfected his version of the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and his famous Texas Nachos.
Since the loss of his father in 2003, Fritz was deeply committed to caring for his mother. They often shared meals together, talked politics, and challenged each other in Jeopardy.
Survivors include his mother: Helen Mickelson of Frazee, 3 brothers and a sister: Mark (Karen), Robert (Paula), John (Lisa), Kay (Tim) Christensen all of Frazee, as well as his nieces and nephews: Missy Mickelson, Dylan Mickelson, Stacy (Mitch) Denny, Sarah (Ryan) Stoltenburg, James Mickelson, Jaclyn Mickelson, Logan Brekke, Mason Mickelson, Claire Mickelson, Charles Christensen, Thomas Christensen, Allyson Christensen, Brady Mickelson, Jack Mickelson, William Mickelson and Alexa Mickelson. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister-in-law, Brenda.