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Jacob "Jake" Mikelson

Jacob "Jake" Mikelson, 34, of Northwood, ND passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:00p.m. at Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held from 12:00p.m until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Red River BMX or to the Mikelson Memorial Fund at Alerus Bank.

Jake Mikelson was born June 17, 1981 in Grand Forks, the son of Tom and Pam (Kenner) Mikelson. He was baptized at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks and confirmed at Washington Lutheran Church, rural Northwood. He attended school at Belmont in Grand Forks and Northwood Public School, graduating from Northwood High School in 2000, Jake graduated from North Dakota State College of Science, where he studied diesel technology. He continued his education studying power system technology at Alexandria Technical and Community College. During his school years, Jake worked for Fichtner Farms, Gilbertson House Movers, Gabriel Construction and Valley Oil.

On March 24, 2007, Jake married Trish Olson at Washington Lutheran Church. Jake and Trish moved to Minnesota where Jake worked for Ziegler Caterpillar in the power systems division out of Shakopee. During their time in Minnesota, Jake and Trish made many strong and lasting friendships. Wanting to come back home when their family started growing, Jake and Trish moved back to Northwood, where they settled on a farmstead south of town, where Jake redefined the definition of "bonfire." Jake worked for Butler Machinery in Grand Forks as their power systems technician. Here also, Jake and Trish formed many strong professional and personal relationships.

In his youth, Jake enjoyed playing baseball, hockey, football, running track, fishing and all kinds of powered machinery. As he grew, his passions included hunting, dirt bike riding, softball, kayaking, model rocketry, his kids' BMX racing, working on his house and property, and wrenching on his and his friends mechanical projects.

Jake is survived by his wife, Trisha; children: MaKenna, Mason, and Mak; parents, Tom and Pam Mikelson, sisters: Kirsten (Mike) Gensrich, Megan (Derek) Gathman; mother-in-law, Kim (Dwight) Johnson; father-in-law, Tim (Laurie) Olson; sister-in-laws, Tonya Olson and Jaimee Olson; Jake is also survived my many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Paul and Shirley Mikelson and his maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Edna Kenner.

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Tom and Pam, we are so sorry to hear about Jake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of Jake's family. We still have fond memories of little Jake running around the neighborhood. Greg and Nancy Bohlman

Greg and Nancy Bohlman Sep 21 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Jake, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed the years that we played hockey together. Sincerely, The Hovets Jerry Sonia Mike

Mike Hovet Sep 19 2015 12:00 AM

It is with deep sadness I sign this guest book for Jake. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, relative and friend to all of us. My heart breaks for all whom he has left behind. Prayers and loving thoughts to all of you. He will be missed.

Donna Kay Fladager Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers. Bruce & Martie

Bruce & Martie Hanson Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

I am saddened by the news of Jake's passing. To the Mikelson family I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray that God wraps his comforting arms around you all. God bless his wife, children, parents and siblings. My heart hurts for you.

Heather Eastling Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and Pam, We are so sorry for the loss of Jake. For every memory in your hearts we wish you peace. God Bless your Grandchildren. Take care of each other. Rest In Peace Jake.

Billy and Annette Pederson Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies go out to the Mikelson family. Although I never had the pleasure to meet Jake in person...I felt like I knew him. My younger brother (Shane Green) has often spoke fondly of him, sharing stories with me about their adventures together or projects they had worked on. I am keeping your family in my prayers, and I'm deeply saddened for your loss.

Raquel Green Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

Matt & Suzie spivey Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Jake was so kind and helpful to so many. I appreciated the service work he did for us. It was like calling a friend, he always went above and beyond. Your family will be in my prayers.

Dennis Donarski Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of your son, father, husband, friend, and relative. I did not know him personally, we are good friends with his parents. Sending my heartfelt condolences and prayers in this difficult time.

Cody Majerus Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

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