Mickelson was born with pitchfork in one hand and shovel in the other
Funeral services for Martin Mickelson, 81, of Mound City, were held Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Norway Lutheran Church, rural Glenham.
Burial followed at Norway Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Martin passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Martin Gilbert Mickelson was born Oct. 11, 1931, to Michael and Bertina (Rufdal) Mickelson in rural Campbell County. He grew up on the farm with his parents. He attended country school and then Ag school in Brookings and mechanic school in Fargo, N.D. He always said his folks gave him the checkbook and sent him on the bus. He managed from there.
He was then employed as a mechanic in Mound City. He joined the United States Air Force in November of 1950. He was stationed at Landstuhl Air Base in Germany where he was an assistant fire chief and later a Staff Sergeant.
There he met Beatrice Ries. They were married Jan. 27, 1955. Martin was honorably discharged in September of 1955 at which time they returned to rural Herreid.
The couple moved to Fargo in 1956. In April of 1957 they moved back to the family farm to farm with his father and help care for his mother. Martin eventually purchased the farm from his parents in 1961 and continued farming.
Martin and Beatrice adopted two sons, Gilbert and Perry.
Martin was a member of the Pollock School Board and worked for the Mound City FSA office.
In the fall of 1988, he and Beatrice moved to Mound City. Martin’s health declined and his mobility was a challenge for him. Martin fell in October of 2011 and had an extended stay at Mobridge Regional Hospital and the Selby nursing home. In January of 2011 Martin moved out to the farm with Gilbert and his family. He moved back to Mound City in May of 2011 until moving back to the farm in July of 2012.
Martin loved the farm and working. He often said, “work never killed anyone, but the fear of it has.”
Martin was often told that he worked too hard. His response was, “I was born with a pitchfork in one hand and a shovel in the other and I have never known anything else.”
Martin was still climbing grain bins for the ASCF office well into his 70s. He was an active member of the Pollock Legion Walter West Post 272. He was legion commander for many years. He was also a member of Norway Lutheran Church. He served many terms as council president.
Martin is survived by two sons, Gilbert (Cathy) of Herreid and Perry (Lona) of Steilacoom, Wash.; six grandchildren, Catie, Marissa, Dylan, Callie, Cassie and Kyle; four great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Perry (Kathy) Mickelson of Bryon, Mich.; and one sister, Sonya (Bill) Bullock of Boulder, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, his parents, his parents-in-law and one brother.