K. “Mick” Michaelson of Ironwood, Mich., passed away on Sept. 10, 2013.
He was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma. The Lord relieved him
of this cancer as he rested comfortably at his daughter's home in West
Bend. He was 83 years old.
Ron was born on Aug. 30, 1930, in Ironwood, to the late Leonard and
Linnea (Johnson) Michaelson. He graduated from Ironwood High School,
serving as class president. He earned an associate degree in engineering
and played football at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood. Ron also
continued to study engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee for
a year and a half.
Ron served as an airman first-class in the U.S. Air Force during the
Korean War. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations
Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He then returned to
Milwaukee and established his career at Evinrude Motor Company, where he
worked as a manager of tool engineering.
In 1955, “Mick” married Sylvia Estola. They raised a family in the
Milwaukee/West Bend area. They lived in Wisconsin for more than 50
years, and then returned “home” to Norrie Location in Ironwood. Sylvia
preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2005.
Ron was an active member of Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood and
remained dedicated to serving others as a volunteer driver for the
Veteran’s Association. He diligently served the community as a member of
Ironwood American Legion Post 5. Survivors include five children, Ronald
Jr. (Sarah “Sally”), Cascade, Jeffrey (Susan), West Bend, Gerald
(Kathleen), Sussex, James, Crystal Lake, Ill., and Jodi (Jeffrey) Logan,
West Bend; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leonard,
Ironwood; two aunts, Lorraine DeMarte, Duluth, Minn., and Delia Johnson,
Onalaska (formerly Hurley); a sister-in-law, Priscilla Estola, Ironwood;
and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Per Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., preceded by
visitation at 10 a.m., at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood, with the
Rev. Kurt Kovanen officiating.
Committal and interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood,
where full military honors will be accorded by the Ironwood American
Legion Post 5 Honor Guard.
Lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall immediately upon
return from the cemetery.
To view Ron's obituary online, sign his guestbook or express
condolences, please visit
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and
Cremation Services of Ironwood. McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Inc.,
P.O. Box 726, Ironwood, MI 49938-0726. (906) 932-1141.