Obituaries » Lester M. Mikelson
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October 27, 1911 - February 23, 2006
Mikelson, Lester M., age 94, of Mpls., departed this life suddenly on Feb. 23, after a fall at his home. Born on Oct. 27, 1911 in Hazel Run, MN., he graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1929, where he was active in athletics, music and drama. Les was a graduate of St. Olaf College and became a science teacher in Russell, Ellsworth and Harmony, MN. In 1946, he began a 30 yr. tenure teaching Chemistry at Marshall High School in Mpls. He loved all music, but especially singing, and was a member of the St. Olaf Choir, Nordkap Male Chorus and the Augsburg Centennial Singers. His real love was barbershop singing, as a member of the runner-up national champion “Atomic Bums” quartet and Director of the Mpls. Commodore Chorus. After retirement, Les volunteered in many capacities at the Metropolitan Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center and Phillip’s Eye Institute. Les was an active member for 60 years at St. Luke’s (El Milagro) in S. Mpls. Preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; brothers, Alvin and Sylvan; sister, Eunice. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; sister, Sylvia Textor; daughter, Jeanne (Jim) Schultz; sons, David (JoAnn), Paul (Barb), Mark and John; step-daughters, Jo Ann (Bob) Case and Mary Tisdle; stepson, Michael Tysdal; 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Service Monday 12 noon, Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church, 5300 10th Ave. S. Visitation Sunday 2-5 PM, Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 3640 23rd Ave. S. & one hour prior to service at church. Interment Crystal Lake. Memorials to Nokomis Heights Church or Nordkap Male Chorus.