Mikkelsen, Niels Christian Jr. "Micky"
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Niels passed away on November 18th at age 93. Born on February 6th 1917, he was a son of Niels and Katrina Mikkelsen, immigrants to America in 1905 from Thisted Denmark. Dad was always proud of his Danish heritage and instilled values of personal confidence and persistence. In 1995 he married Margaret Schauer, and they have spent the last 15 years in loving companionship with each other. He is survived by Margaret's family which includes daughter Donna and George Arnold, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy, "Sue", his parents, brother Fred, sister Olga, and his best friend and brother-in-law Guy Coons and his wife Alice. He is also survived by his sons Guy and Niels III, their wives Kathy and Cher, seven grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 4 nephews and 3 nieces. Dad was a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, a veteran of U.S. Army WWII; 30 year employee of Golden Guernsey Dairy, moving to Arizona in 1974 with the Lilly Ice Cream Company. He was a faithful caregiver for Dorothy for twenty years. He has been an usher at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and so enjoyed being with all of you at the Parish. He will be dearly missed, never to be forgotten. A Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday November 27th at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3801 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations to Young Life Capernaum , a ministry for special needs young adults, would be kindly appreciated. Young Life Capernaum, 107 E Kathleen Rd, Phoenix Arizona 85022.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 23, 2010