Robert "Bob" Dean Mickelson, 82, of Solon, passed away peacefully Monday, June 22, 2020, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Public visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW, where everyone is encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Private Celebration of Life services will be livestreamed starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, on Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City's Facebook page or www.gloriadeilive.org. Friends and family are encouraged to view and leave a condolence during this time. Burial will be in Morse Cemetery, near Solon. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids is in charge of Robert's arrangements.
Robert was born April 21, 1938 in Webster City, the son of Melvin and Hazel (Wicks) Mickelson. He graduated from University High School in Iowa City and later attended the University of Iowa. Following his time at Iowa, he served in the U.S. Army. Bob was united in marriage to Barbara "Barb" Davis on Sept. 4, 1960, in Iowa City. He worked as a professional land surveyor and was a founding partner of MMS Consultants Inc. in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Bob enjoyed fishing, golfing, watching sports, the Hawkeyes and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, Brad (Anita) Mickelson of Cedar Rapids and Matt (Cindy) Mickelson of Peoria, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Amanda (Sam) Kramer, Brandon Mickelson, Emily (Conor) Lynch and Tyler Mickelson; three great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Alaina Kramer and Kai Lynch; his sister, Janet Lumpa of West Branch; and his brother, Keith (Jeanette) Mickelson of Stillwater, Minn.; as well as his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, LaVonne Cascio; and his brothers, LaVern Mickelson and Marvin Mickelson.
Memorials may be directed to either the Solon Fire Department, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Solon Food Bank or the Solon Public Library.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.
Bob was one of three founders of MMS Consultants in 1975. He, Ron Meyer and Larry Schnittjer charted a path that has served MMS well in the 45 years since. Bob was the first of the trio to "retire," a short time after he and his wife, Barb, had a bit of lottery luck. Bob did stay active throughout his life as an avid supporter of the Iowa City Community School District and Chair of the Solon Public Library Capital Campaign from 1998-2000. Pictured to the right, Barb and Bob present a check to Rhonda Frevert, the director of the Burlington Public Library on behalf of his late brother, Marvin, who died in January of 2016.
(photo courtesy of The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa)