John Michelsen


John Robert Michelsen, age 65, died Tuesday, July 20, 2021 with his wife by his side at his home.

John was born August 30, 1955 in St. Paul, MN. He was adopted by John and Erika (Ogoniak) Michelson in 1955. He attended school in Golden Valley and Mound, MN. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1977. John and Deb were together for 30 years and were married on February 25, 2012 which was their 30th anniversary. They celebrated 39 ½ years of life together.

John loved going to Grateful Dead concerts, reading, and analyzing the stock market. He liked seeing his friends especially his Thursday afternoon get togethers he hosted for years.

John is survived by his wife, Debra Beorkrem; and sister Deborah (Gerald) Ratliff.

John is preceded in death by his mother, Erika Handy; and his father, John “Jack” Michelsen.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:20-7:20pm on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Michelsen residence, 129 8th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN. For more information reach out to Deb at or 507-250-2661.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of John may be shared at

12 thoughts on “John Michelsen

  1. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Worked with him at NW Bell years ago. Great memories of him and his kindness.

  2. RIP John! Will always remember working with John at the phone company.
    You always had a smile even though we knew you wanted to be somewhere else–nonpay time and your knowledge of buying and selling stock. Hugs and prayers to Deb!

  3. Hugs and kisses, Deb. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We think John’s probably saying, ”Standing on the moon with nothing left to do. Lovely view of heaven, but I’d rather be with you.” – Grateful Dead
    Meri and Jerry

  4. RIP John!! I will always remember D&D, Softball & Wrestlemania!! My thoughts and prayers are with you Deb.

  5. So sorry Deb for your loss. John and I were great buddies back in the day at NWB. I regret we didn’t stay in touch the last few years, but am glad for the memories we shared.

  6. Sorry for your loss Deb. I have fond memories of going to your house and hanging out while D&D was being played. Prayers of peace for you.

  7. Rest in peace, Dungeon Master.

    I have so many wonderful memories of nights spent with you two, Deb. My thoughts are truly with you at this time. Be well, my friend.

  8. Dear Deb,

    I am so sorry for you on the passing of your beloved John.

    The years you shared together here on earth were so special with your common interests of music, friends, gardening and the markets.

    My thoughts are with you. I think of you often remembering our working days together and your joy of flower and vegetable gardening. Keep making the world a better place as John rests in peace.

    Take good care of yourself and God’s blessings to you, family and friends. Fondly, Marilyn Rhodes

  9. Thank you all so much for sending your condolences. Due to COVID reemergence I am delaying the celebration of life until next summer, around the one year anniversary of his passing. It will be held either the weekend before or the weekend after July 20th of 2022.

    John’s obituary will be posted again with an update next spring to show an update for the date.

    Thank you again.

    Deb Beorkrem

  10. Deb. I’m terribly sorry to hear about the death of John. He was such a nice man. May heart and thoughts go out to you. I like to think that when we loose those we love that they are with us always. I know he’s with you always. He loved you so much.

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