Rick James Mikkelsen, 61, of Auburn, was born on Jan. 5, 1957, in Lincoln,  to James Andrew Mikkelsen and Patricia Kathryn (Mahoney) Mikkelsen.
He attended Locust Grove Dist.32 country school east of Auburn, then Auburn Public School.
He quit school at the age of 16 to join his father’s business “Mikkelsen Construction”.
He worked for the family business for approx. 20 years, until soon after his father’s death.
Rick moved to Oregon in 1994 and had various jobs there.  The last eight  years in Oregon he was a foreman of Cascade Paving.
He worked there until it was discovered he had a cancerous brainstem glioma in 2011.
Rick was married to Karen Spidell of Nebraska City in July of 1975. Two children were born of this union, Tina and Amanda. They later divorced.
In July of 1996, he married Wendi Wilke of Lincoln. Three children were born to this union, Nyla, Rachel and Lucas. They later divorced.
Rick came back to Nebraska in 2011 thinking he was going to die.
With chemo, radiation and healthy living, he beat the cancer for seven really good years of life.  
The tumor started growing gain in October of 2017 and he put up a valiant fight until the end.
Rick passed away at his home on Aug. 6, 2018, having reached the age of 61 yrs., 7 months, and 1 day.
He was preceded in death by his father James Mikkelsen in 1989 and his brother Rod Mikkelsen in 2003.
Rick is survived by his mother, Patricia Mikkelsen of Auburn; his sister Sherri (Harry) Harney of rural Nebraska City; his children Tina Printz of Talmage, Amanda Mikkelsen of Olive Branch, Miss., Nyla Wilke of Juniata, Rachel Wilke and Lucas Mikkelsen of Kearney.
The family will be having a pot luck dinner in his honor.