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Brian Eugene Mickelsen
May 10, 1963 - October 5, 2017

Residence: Tioga, North dakota

Brian Eugene Mickelsen was born on May 10, 1963 at the Tioga Community Hospital in Tioga, North Dakota. He passed away on October 5, 2017 at the family home in Tioga from complications of juvenile diabetes that he developed at the age 14.

He attended Tioga Public Schools for 12 years and graduated in 1981. During high school and after bible school he worked at the Tioga Machine Shop. After graduation he attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, MN for two years. Brian then attended Wahpeton State School of Science for three years earning a degree in computer repair and electronics engineering. Shortly after graduating in 1989 he worked for Western Geological Survey out of Houston, Texas. He spent five years in the Gulf of Mexico working on a seismograph boat. The last year he worked there he was off the Coast of Venezuela, South America.

Brian moved back to North Dakota and worked in Williston doing electronic repair before returning to the Tioga Machine Shop for about 10 years. During that time, he earned an online degree in accounting. He worked multiple jobs in the area that included, Wal-Mart, Tioga Food Pride, KTGO and other odd jobs.
He stopped working in 2013 when his kidneys failed from complications of diabetes. He went to live with his sister, Jolene at that time to receive personal and medical care.

While living in Tioga, Brian was an active member of the Zion Free Lutheran Church where he served as a trustee for several years, was an active member in the choir and helped set up and run the sound system. He was a long time member of the Sons of Norway.
Brian was a loving, laid back and very generous person. A quiet man until he got to know you and then he would chat away. He very seldom complained about his aches and pains.

He was proceeded in death by father, Lester in 2004 and mother Lavon in 2012.

Brian is survived by his brother, Richard (Dagmar) and their children; Kristina, Deanna, Trinity, James and Sarah all of Crugers, NY; his sister, Jolene Mickelsen from Jamestown, ND; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Phyllis M Iverson (Tioga, North Dakota)
Oct 6, 2017
Oh I am so sorry to see this. Brian and Lavonne were such great neighbors. My heart is heavy for the family. God Bless you
Linda and Ken Simonsen (Sidney, Mt)
Oct 7, 2017
I knew Brian when we served together on the Dakota Hills Christian Camp Board. He was a fine man who loved Jesus and served Him faithfully.
God Bless his memory.
Vernon & Jan Herfindahl (Tioga, ND)
Oct 7, 2017
Our sympathy to the Mickelsen family. Brian certainly was a 'trouper' during his many years fighting the diabetic disease, and a 'trouper' for Christ!
Angela and Justin Smith (Watford City, ND)
Oct 9, 2017
Jolene we are so sorry to hear about your brothers passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Kim D. Trones-Jackson (Pauline, SC)
Oct 10, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Brian was such a kind, sweet soul. May God Bless him and is family.
Mark Grindy (Minot, ND)
Oct 12, 2017
I'm so very sorry to learn about the loss of Brian. I remember him well in high school. He was so quiet; and some kids can be cruel, but Brian was always one to turn the other cheek, never complaining to anyone. I often thought Brian would've been a good athlete because of the way he was built, but he was always so shy, and happiest reading books.
This world lost a great man in Brian, and Heaven gained a wonderful soul!
God bless Brain's entire family, and please know that he is with the Lord now....and smiling a BEAUTIFUL smile!
Debora Dallas (ND, AK, AZ)
Oct 15, 2017
So sad to hear of Brian’s passing. God bless your families during this loss!
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