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Morgan S. "Mike" Mickalsen, 97, of Peru, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh.

Morgan was born in Waltham, Mass., Sept. 13, 1920, the son of Otto A. and Edwarda (Ellingston) Mickalsen.

Mike graduated from Waltham High School in 1939 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, Nov. 18, 1939, where he would proudly serve his country in World War II until its end. He then reenlisted in the USAF where he served from 1947 through June 1962, when he would retire from serving his country at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

Mike endeavored into the business of over the road trucking, being self-employed for 20 years, hauling freight from border to border and coast to coast. He would later accept a position driving for Anchor Motor Freight of Champlain hauling GM cars until his well deserved retirement.

Mike married Margaret Baggs on March 6, 1966, and would devote the next 44 years of his life to her, until her passing in October of 2010.

Mike enjoyed golfing, ice skating, and skiing. He was a member of the USAF ski team stationed in Fairfield Suisun air base skiing Donner Summit.

He was a lifetime member of the Air Force Gunner's Assoc., B-52 Assoc., VFW Post 125, American Legion Post 20, and an over 60 year member of Fairfield Suisun #55 Free and Accepted Masons.

Left to cherish the memory of Mike are, nephews and nieces, Phillip and (Donna) Pray, Nancy and (Wayne) Drollette, Stephen Pray, Donna Beggs, Robert Baggs, Becky Driver, and Lisa (Alexander) Beylis; a number of grand nieces and nephews; and great-grand nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Margaret E. (Baggs) Mickalsen; his sisters, Ethel Mildred Mickalsen, and Eleanor Meredith Mickalsen; sister-in-law, Ethel Pray; and brothers-in-law, Walter Pray and Henry Baggs

Calling hours will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. Committal prayers, military honors, and burial will follow in the Port Douglas Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to Keeseville United Methodist Church and/or Elmore SPCA of Peru.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Mike Mickalsen, please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on November 3, 2017
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