Larry Mikkelson, 72, of Harmony

Larry Alan Mikkelson, 72, of Harmony, died peacefully on March 16, 2019, at Gundersen Harmony Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born Aug. 7, 1946, at Prairie du Chien, Wis., to Melenor and Joyce (LaPointe) Mikkelson. He was the oldest of four children. He attended school in West Union, and Cresco, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Harmony, where he was an active wrestler. He attended Winona State College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

In 1967 he married Jackie Rustan, they lived in Faribault and Northfield. Into this union were born two daughters. They later divorced. He married Terri Murphy in 2001 at the historic Lenora Methodist Church. They resided in Harmony until 2015 when Mr. Mikkelson became a resident of Gundersen Harmony Care Center.

He spent most of his life in the insurance business, working for Tri State Insurance of Luverne, Minn., and later had his own agency in Harmony. 

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed planting many apple and pine trees and always planted a large garden. He was an active member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, National Turkey Foundation, Minnesota Pheasants, Inc., and the Canon River Sportsman’s Club. He was also a beloved coach for Special Olympics. He loved spending time with his two grandsons, teaching them to fish and garden.

He was an active member of the Canton Scotland Presbyterian Church of Canton.

Larry is survived by his wife, Terri of Harmony; a daughter, Lori (Blake) Wiedner of Lakeville; two step-daughters, Deena Murphy of Norwalk, Wis., and Erin Murphy of Mount Pleasant, Texas; two grandsons, Jack and Max Wiedner of Lakeville; his father, Melenor Mikkelson of Harmony; three siblings, Sherry Miller of Frankfort, Mich., Gary Mikkelson of Eyota and Tami Hoag of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and his special aunt, Karen Morris of Harmony.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Mikkelson, and a daughter, Barbie Mikkelson.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, March 20, at the Canton Scotland Presbyterian Church.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is assisting the family.