Life held many paths for Timothy Carl Mickelson. However, they came to a final end on Wednesday, August 30th at the age of 68.
Tim grew up in the small farming community of Deerfield, Wisconsin where he worked from a young age in his family’s grocery store. It was here that he developed his strong work ethic.
His educational path led to earning an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College, and a Doctorate Degree in Exercise Physiology at Ohio University. He also served in the US Army.
Tim then began working in, and ultimately retired from, the medical electronics field. Self-taught in business management, he eventually rose to become President and CEO of various companies including ATL/Philips Medical in Bothell, WA until his retirement in 2007.
A six year member on the US National Rowing Team, Tim set his sights high in athletics. This path led to his winning a silver medal in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, a gold medal in the World Rowing Championships in 1974 in Lucerne, Switzerland and a gold medal in the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City – all in the men’s heavyweight eight rowing events. Tim was also an avid alpine and cross-country skier, enjoyed hiking & biking, was a woodworker, and was an accomplished cook and baker. He was also a winemaker in partnership with Cinq Cellars winery in Redmond, Washington.
Perhaps the most important path Tim took in his life was that of husband and father. He had a passion for living that enveloped his family with his strength, high morals, and never-ending love. He is survived and loved by his wife of 41 years, Beth Mickelson, sons Dayne (Kelly) Mickelson, Todd (Julia) Mickelson and Bryan Mickelson. He is also survived by his sister, Peggy Mickelson, and two grandsons, Bryce and Ayden Mickelson.
A funeral service is planned for Saturday, September 16th at 4:00PM at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church – 10021 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, Washington. A celebration of his life is planned for early November at the University of Washington Conibear Shellhouse. The spring of 2018 there will be an interment at his home church in Deerfield, Wisconsin.