Mikkel J. “Mickey” Bjornson
Mikkel “Mickey” John Bjornson, 72 surrounded by his wife and family, went home to be with our Lord after a short battle with cancer, on March 22, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City with Reverend Jolene Kundson-Hanse officiating. Visitation will be held from on Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home and one hour before the service on Saturday morning at the church. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm Friday evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in Memory Gardens near Valley City.
Mickey was born May 2, 1941 on the family farm near Haliday, ND to Ralph “Shorty” and Norma. When he was about three months old the family moved to Arvilla, ND. He and his two older sisters attended Mackinok District 24 Country school thru the fall of 1951 when they moved to Valley City, ND so his father could pursue work with Hogenson Construction. He was baptized and confirmed in Valley City. While living in Valley City Mickey also went to work for Hogenson Construction. He work for the firm for 50 years, retiring in 2006.
The family moved many times, during those busy moving years one of the towns Mickey worked at in 1958 was Marion, ND where he met his sweetheart and the love of his life, LaVerne Peterson. They were married in July of 1961 at the Marion Lutheran Church. Their only daughter Kimberly Rae was born October 5, 1962 in Comfrey, MN. With whom he shared his great passion for reading with. Mickey had two grandsons whom he felt blessed his life. He enjoyed spending time with them whether it was attending their activities, working on a project or simply sitting and talking about the day. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church. Serving on the church council and mentoring many confirmants.
In retirement he continued to lift the spirits of many spending his days helping others in various ways. You would often see him at the manor visiting or picking someone up from their home to deliver them to there appointments out of town. His favorite part of the day was going to the Viking Room for coffee with his two buddies, Richard Roberg and Ron Olson.
He is survived by his wife, LaVerne, Valley City and daughter Kimberly (Jay) Noot, Marion, ND. Grandsons Tyler Jay Noot, Hazelton, ND and Bryant Jaymes Noot, Marion, ND. Sisters Dorthy (Francis) Bahr, Madison, SD, Darlene (Joseph) Kirchoffner, West Fargo, ND, Delores (Duane) Visser, Manhatten, MT, Maida Milam, Yelm, OR and one brother Marvin (Donna) Bjornson, Albany, NY. Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Ralph “Shorty” Bjornson.
Funeral arrangements by Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home of Valley City. Online guestbook available at www.lerud-schudlt.com