Greg Mickelson

Greg Mickelson, 64, passed away peacefully August 29, 2019,  with his loving wife, Bev at his side at The Meadows in Wadena.

Funeral Services were held Sept. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Kirk Douglas officiating.  The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Special music was provided by Gary Bach, Larry Selander and Brian Selander. Pallbearers were Mark Kemper, Rick Wothe, Dale Anderson, Barrett Buhr, Russell Haverland, and Jay Maki. Honorary pallbearers were Greg’s loving son, Ryan Paavola and all of Greg’s nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Greg was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery, rural New York Mills.

Gregory Lloyd Mickelson was born March 16, 1955 in Perham to the late Lloyd Ellsworth Mickelson and Rosella Mae (Johnson) Mickelson. Greg grew up on the family farm in Spruce Grove Township and was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Menahga.  He graduated from Frazee High School, Class of 1973. Greg graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1977 with a degree in accounting and then returned to the family turkey business, Oakridge Turkey Farms. 

Greg enjoyed golfing and even got a hole-in-one on the Frazee golf course. He loved the Canadian fishing trips with his college friends. He enjoyed bowling and bowled in the National Bowling Tournament for 35 consecutive years. 

Greg was united in marriage with the love of his life, Beverley Ann (Hybl) Paavola at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills on August 25, 2007. Together they made their home in rural Frazee and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. Greg was an avid and proud volunteer with “Let’s Go Fishing”. Retiring in January of 2018, Greg and Bev enjoyed spending winters in Florida, taking long walks on the beach together as Greg loved finding items with his metal detector. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Preceding him in death was his father, Lloyd Mickelson; son, Ryan Paavola; father-in-law, Eldon Hybl.

Greg is survived by his wife of 12 years, Beverley; mother, Rosella Mickelson; one sister, Jill (James) Rader; one brother, Brian Mickelson; mother-in-law, Mary Hybl;  brothers-in-law, Bradley Hybl and Bernard Hybl; brothers and sisters-in-law: Dave and Gina Paavola, Gary and Angie Paavola, Brien and Deb Meyers and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, many other relatives and a host of friends.

Arrangements provided by Karvonen Funeral & Cremation Service of New York Mills, www.karvonenfuneralhome.com.

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