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Richard M. Mickelsen of Batavia Richard M. Mickelsen, 98, formerly of Wheaton and of the Austin neighborhood in Chicago, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Delnor Community Hospital. He was born Dec. 30, 1914, in Chicago, IL, the son of Richard and Bertha (nee Johnson) Mickelsen. Rich worked for Montgomery Wards in the accounting department and later as a salesman for the Dictaphone Corporation in Chicago. During his retirement years he worked in security for Neiman-Marcus, until age 85. He was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton, 66 year member of Pleaides Masonic Lodge #478, Geneva Lodge #139 and Medinah Shriners. His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family. Rich will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 75 years, Sonia (nee Hall); his four children, Rick (Joni) of Geneva, Barry (Barbara) of Wheaton, Janice (Goble) (Jim) Beyreis of Prospect Heights and Joyce (Bob) Wannemaker of AZ; his eight grandchildren, Kris (Brian) Peterson, Kraig (Debbie), Kirk (Amanda), David (Ingrid) and Greg (Lynda) Mickelsen, Wayne (Samantha) Goble, Susie (Brian) Krueger and Karen Wannemaker; and his 14 great-grandchildren, Lexi and Trevor Peterson, Kayla, Kyle, Konnor, Kollin, Ryan, Katie, Reese and Grange Mickelsen, Livvie and Grace Goble, and Emerson and Nelse Krueger. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marion Dexter; his granddaughter, Kym Mickelsen; and his son-in-law, Wayne H. Goble. A funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, where he will lie in state Monday, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service. Pastor Melody Eastman will officiate. Interment will be held at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst. Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. under the auspices of Geneva Lodge #139 at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187 or The Holmstad Benevolent Fund, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL 60510. For information, 630-232-8233 or visit malonefh.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 24, 2013
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