Douglas ‘Mike’ Mikkelson

July 27, 1935 – May 6, 2014

Douglas “Mike” Mikkelson, 78, of Rhinelander, found peace on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Big Bend at his daughter’s home, after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer. His courage and strength throughout his life and illness was an inspiration to his family.

He was born on July 27, 1935, in Rhinelander, to Nels and Beulah (Coates).

Doug was a Korean War veteran who was proud to have served his country from 1953 until 1961 in the United States Air Force and the National Guard. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Lillian “Pete” Mikkelson, on December 28, 2009.

Doug is survived by his daughters, Terri Smith of Ironwood, Mich., Dawn (Brad) Minor of Cartersville, Ga., JoEllen (Dave) Schneider of Ixonia, Marikay (Tim) Dulka of Big Bend and Tracie (Harvey) Kuehl of Genesee; his son, David (Roxanne) Mikkelson of Appleton; brother, Nelson (Loretta) Mikkelson of Melbourne, Fla.; sister, Ida (Sid) Sanford of Fairbanks, Alaska; 18 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, Nels and Beulah; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Virginia Smith; sister, Nancy (Bill) Pearson; and brothers Clyde (Barb) Mikkelson, Keith Mikkelson, Robert (Gloria) Mikkelson and Bruce (Vicki) Mikkelson.

Funeral services for Doug will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Carlson Funeral Home of Rhinelander with the Rev. Rod Ankrom officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery.

Carlson Funeral Home of Rhinelander, 715-369-1414, is serving the family. Condolences for the family may be forwarded at www.carlsonfh.com.