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Obituary for Dennis R. Mikkelson

Dennis Mikkelson, 72, of Melrose, died Monday, February 3, 2020 doing what he loved and where he wanted to be at work on the farm. Dennis was born July 2, 1947 to Wilford and Helen (Swenson) Mikkelson at St. Ann’s in LaCrosse, WI. He was baptized on July 21, 1947 at Mindoro Lutheran Church and later confirmed on September 30, 1962. He married Sharon Jean Johnson on February 17, 1973, at West Salem Lutheran Church. Dennis and Sharon farmed on the home farm in Mindoro from 1973 to 1979, when they moved to Melrose. Dennis and Sharon farmed in Melrose from March 1979 to 2009, when he retired at that time. They then moved to Burr Oak. Dennis had a great love for family and friends. He loved tractor pulls, auctions, collecting toy tractors and going to toy shows. He also loved to talk and had a one of a kind laugh! To his family and friends he says "Don't be sad, be happy for I am just going to another Tractor Pull or Toy Farm Show". Dennis is survived by his wife, Sharon; 1 son, Brent (Andrea) Mikkelson of Melrose; and 12 grandchildren, Damien and Deven Mikkelson of Viroqua, Dalton Mikkelson (Ashley Arnold) of Melrose, Chasadie, Brody, Tyden, Nevaeh, Treyvan and Rhayna Mikkelson of Melrose, Makayla Pierce, (Jared Krieger) of Steven Point, Bailey and Cade Pierce of Sparta, 1 sister Joyce (Roger) Heineck of Sparta, 1 sister-in-law Diana Mikkelson (Larry Rodenberg) of Onalaska, 1 Aunt Stella Bryhn of Blair. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Dennis is preceded in death by his daughter Sandra Pierce, 1 step-granddaughter, his parents, 1 brother, and 2 nephews. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 am at the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, W16679 County Road D, Ettrick, WI. Visitation will be from 9 am until the time of service. Burial will be at a later date in the Melrose Cemetery. The Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home of West Salem is helping with arrangements and Falls Floral and Greenhouse of Black River Falls is helping with flowers.