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 Willmar Mike

Willmar Mike

Birth
Tower, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Death 4 May 1996 (aged 91)
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Holmes City, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Lot 37, Plot 4
Memorial ID 100334032 · View Source
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Willmar Mike was born on December 6, 1904 in Tower, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Anna (Moilinen) Mike. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Tower. He moved to the Holmes City area with his parents at the age of 15 and attended Alexandria High School. He was active in high school sports and played basketball for three years and was captain of the team his senior year in 1924. He also played baseball for Holmes City and then umpired for many years.

Willmar farmed with his parents and married Esther Heikkinen on October 20, 1926. They made their home on his father's farm where they raised their family. After selling the farm in 1959 they moved to Moorhead where he worked as custodian of Nemsek Fieldhouse at Moorhead State College. In 1970 they retired and moved back to Alexandria. In 1986 Willmar and Esther celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and were long time members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Moe Township.

Willmar died on May 4, 1996 at the Knute Nelson Home where he had been a resident since July of 1994. He is survived by eight children and their families: Donald of Alexandria; Charles of Minneapolis; Bertha and Fred Weaver of Mansfield, TX; David of Fergus Falls; Enid and Gerry Krueger of Clintonville, WI; Bruce and Donna of New London, WI; Elizabeth of Alexandria; and Diana Jacob of Alexandria; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Willmar was preceded in death by his parents; wife Esther in 1987; four children: Earl in infancy 1929; Alan in 1940; Quentin in infancy 1946 and Judith in 1974; and three brothers: John, Paul and William.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Moe township on May 7, 1996 with Rev. Reynold Petersen officiating. Interment was in St. Paul's Church Cemetery with Jim Krueger, Tom Krueger, Katherine Krueger, Dan Krueger, Mike Weaver, Jeff Weaver, Darren Cossette, Jana Cossette, Denise Dietz, Michael Dietz, Heather Mike and Randy Nicholas serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Toivo and Ellen Hulkonen, Verner and Delores Johnson and Wesley and Celina Lepisto. Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
(Echo Press, May 8, 1996)


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  • Maintained by: kj
  • Originally Created by: Lainey
  • Added: 7 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100334032
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willmar Mike (6 Dec 1904–4 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100334032, citing Saint Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery, Holmes City, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by kj (contributor 47962105) .