William Dale "Bill" Mickelson

Born: Fri., Jan. 7, 1938
Died: Wed., Jun. 6, 2018


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 07, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Thu., Jun. 07, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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William D. Mickelson

Jan. 7, 1938 - June 6, 2018

SOUTH BEND - William Dale “Bill” Mickelson, 80, of South Bend died Saturday, June 2, in his residence. Bill was born January 7, 1938 in Morris, IL to the late Laura (Hann) and William Mickelson and had lived in South Bend since 1976. On June 17, 1977 in Niles, MI he married Janet M. Retzbach who survives. He is also survived by two sisters, Lois Kircher and Sharon Mickelson both of Frankfort, IL; and one brother, James E. Mickelson of Toledo, OH. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Duane L. Mickelson.

After graduation from Morris Community High School, Bill worked for the Morris Paper Mill for a short period. He then joined the Army Reserves and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, MO where he became a supply sergeant. He later worked for Liberty Loan for 15 years where he managed branch offices in Missoula, MT, Rochester, MN, and Aurora, IL. In 1976 he joined CIT Financial Services as a branch manager in the South Bend office. Through the company he met Jan, who was a secretary in the Chicago branch office. After a six-month courtship, with Bill driving to Chicago every weekend, they married and Jan moved to South Bend. In 1980 Bill then joined Standard Federal Bank, which was originally South Bend Federal Savings and Loan, as a consumer loan officer. During his years there he acquired a business degree from Davenport College. In 1990 Standard Federal Bank transferred the consumer loan department to Troy, MI leaving Bill unemployed at the age of 52. He reinvented himself by obtaining an insurance license and working as an agent for American General Insurance until his retirement in 2001. While employed there, he won several awards and trips for his achievements. Bill's biggest interest was cars. He owned about 25 cars during his lifetime, which was a source of amusement to his brothers and friends. He and his brothers enjoyed working on their cars before they became too complicated for an owner to do the work himself. Bill was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed Notre Dame football. Throughout their marriage, Bill and Jan made several trips to Florida and the Great Smoky Mountains. Most of all, Bill enjoyed spending time at home, tinkering in his garage on his workbench, going out to dinner, and watching Westerns on television. His childhood idol was Roy Rogers. He was a humble, easy-going, quiet man who never called attention to his achievements. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Jan, and by his family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, June 7 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with Rev. Scott Kircher, nephew of Bill, officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Thursday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to the American Cancer Society or Great Smoky Mountains Association, 115 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in William's memory to the following organizations:

American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Northwest Indiana Office
130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Great Smoky Mountains Association
115 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

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Pat Yoder
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
I am sorry to see Bill has passed. I remember him as a kind, caring person who was a joy to be around. We have lost a very special man.

key thomas
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
May our God Jehovah continue to you give comfort and the resurrection hope sustain. (Revelation 21:3,4)

Mary Ellen Shedron
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
My condolences to all of Bill's family and prayers for your peace of heart. It was an honor for me to work under Bill in his managerial position at CIT in South Bend. Bill always infused his professional integrity into every situation with clients and I took that lesson from him and employed it in the rest of my professional life.

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