Donald Micklos

July 3, 1931 ~ October 16, 2020 (age 89)


Donald Wayne Micklos, age 89 of Lakefield, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, October 16, 2020. Visitation will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson, Minnesota. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home Chapel, on Saturday, October 24, 2020, with Reverend Doctor Martin Lucin officiating. Burial with Military Rites performed by Jackson American Legion Post #130, will take place immediately following the funeral service at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson.

Due to COVID-19, no luncheon will be served following the service. Masks are required to be worn at all times while in the facility.  

Donald (Don) Micklos 89 of Lakefield, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home. October 16th. 2020.

Donald (Don) Wayne Micklos, was born on July 3rd, 1931 to Joseph and Mary (Handzus) Micklos, on the family's farm. He was one of three children in the family. In 1949, Donald graduated from Jackson High School.  Don was a Star Boxer in his youth and had an opportunity to participate in a professional boxing league but decided to stay on the farm and help his dad. He married Mercedes Christine Smith on July 25, 1953. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN. In 1954, Don was drafted into the Army, and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. He was a Sharpshooter, who could hit a bullseye from 1200 yards away. While in the Army, he worked as a postal clerk, taught Russian to the troops. and was in the Special Forces.  He was proud to have serve his country for two years. After the Army, he farmed and raised championship hunting and show dogs. He worked for Bell Telephone for a few years and helped install the phone system in the IDS building in Minneapolis. When that job was finished, he started his own sawmill, tree cutting and pallet business which his son Tim Micklos still operates locally.

Don was always a jokester and loved to get a rise out of everyone. He also taught us that no matter how tough things are, how scared a person could be, or how mad you can get; everything can be healed by laughter. Family for him, always came first. He was such a kind soul, who cared for many people and was always there to help. Throughout his life, Don was an avid hunter and trapper.  He was very well known in the trapping community. He trapped many foxes, mink, beavers, and more. He loved the outdoors and all hunting and fishing.

Don is survived by his daughter Cynthia (Brian) Paulson, of Phoenix, AZ & son Timothy (Denise) Micklos, of Jackson, MN. Granddaughters Chantel (Fred Gonzalez) Griswold, Crystal (Nathan) Chestnut, Megan (Casey) Heser & grandson Joseph Micklos. He has 7 great-grandsons and I great-granddaughter.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mercedes Smith Micklos, and many Aunts and Uncles.

Blessed be the memory of Donald Micklos.





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October 24, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Osterberg Funeral Service

Funeral Service
October 24, 2020

10:30 AM
Osterberg Funeral Home
510 5th Street
Jackson, MN 56143

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