Loren Mikkelsen

Loren Dean Mikkelsen, 89, of Lansing Kan., passed away, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Loren was born Feb. 5, 1927, in Tonkawa, Okla. the son of Christian Elmer Mikkelsen and Mable Payne. He also was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Irma, Agnes, and Lois and his two brothers Gene and Dale and his grandson Adrian Deere.

Loren Mikkelsen

He had a long and interesting life as a survivor of the Dust Bowl in Western Oklahoma as a boy and later WWII serving in both Japan and Europe. He was drafted out of High School at age 18 and felt it was a privilege and honor to serve his country. He served in the Army for three and a half years during World War II, earning a “Good Conduct Medal”, “World War II Victory Medal” and “Army Occupation Medal”. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 4, 1948. He later attended the University in Florence Italy and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He worked until his retirement as an engineering technician for companies all over the US and in Germany. His last years of work were in the housing and engineering department at Fort Leavenworth. While serving in the army in Italy, he met and married, Maria Louisa Petraccone who was mother of two of his daughters. Maria passed away in 1987. He later married, Elfriede Mikkelsen in Germany and had another daughter.

Loren enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Daily outings to the local diner with family member Regina Ericson brought joy to his last years as well as time spent with his great grandchildren. He was passionate about his Christian Faith and his Country!

He is survived by his daughters Edie (Chris) Alford of Lansing, Kan., Marsha Deere of Savanna, Ga. and Barbara Mikkelsen of Derby, Kan.; his three granddaughters, Gwendolyn (Brett) Allen, Sarah (Graham) Dessert and Emma Stubby; his grandson, Aiden Stubby; and his six great-grandchildren Gianna, Isaac, Maria, Dean, Esme and Cecilia.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz funeral home. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the funeral chapel. Graveside service and burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Balls Cemetery, Childers, Okla. Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Wounded Warrior Project.