Thief River Falls - Inar Mikkelson, 79, Thief River Falls, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, July 19 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Inar Bennet Mikkelson, the youngest child of Iver and Bertha (Helland) Mikkelson was born Jan. 20, 1934 in Thief River Falls. He grew up in the Newfolden, Holt and Thief River Falls communities.
In 1954, he joined the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
On Aug. 19, 1954, he married Mary Ann “Dodie” Dobias in Montgomery. They farmed west of Thief River Falls for the past 50 plus years. Inar also worked as a heavy-equipment operator, or “cat skinner” as he proudly referred to it. He operated his own construction business for 10 years.
Inar and Mary Ann took pride in their yard. They kept their farm yard neatly mowed, creating a park-like setting, with much of the décor handmade by them. They enjoyed watching the wildlife from their home; the deer, rabbits, squirrels and even the troublesome wild turkeys.
Inar had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his dogs, Rusty and Little Duke. Children were also very special to him. He had unlimited patience with young children and even teenagers. Inar and Mary Ann occasionally housed some of their families’ children, who often wanted to stay longer. He enjoyed time at the lake home they had and flying an airplane.
Inar and his wife, Mary Ann, were longtime members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and he was a member of the American Legion.
Inar is survived by the love of his life, his wife Mary Ann; special niece, Izzy Favrow and many nieces and nephews; three godsons, David Dobias, Rapid City, S.D., and Curtis and Bradley Peters, Ridgemont, Calif.; sister-in-law, Janet (Raymond) Cooney, New Prague, Sarah Dobias of Angus, Dee Dobias of Amory, Wis., and friend, Bill Volland, Bismark, N.D. Also surviving is special family friend, who has been like a daughter to Inar and Mary Ann, Kathy (Todd) Fillmore and children, Beth, Maggie, Sarah and Luke.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Tina, Ida, Martha, Ina, Josephine, Lawrence, and Edwin.
May his memory be blessed.