James C. Mickus

December 7, 1933 - May 29, 2019

James C. Mickus, age 85, of Savage died peacefully on May 29, 2019 at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale.  Jim was born on December 7, 1933 in New Prague to Clement and Luverne (Nolden) Mickus.  He attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School, graduated from New Prague High School, attained his undergraduate degree from St. Thomas University, and his Masters and PhD from the University of Minnesota.  Jim taught chemistry at St. Thomas for 5 years and then worked in technical and commercial management for Cargill for 30 years. Jim was very active in The National Feed Ingredients Association and held a variety of positions within the organization, culminating as president in 1977.  He was also a member of the American Chemical Society and authored multiple published papers and patents.  His professional career continued into retirement when he owned his own consulting business to various technical and commercial companies.


Jim married the love of his life, Joan Reichelt, on November 21, 1959 in Wheaton, IL.  The couple made their home in Bloomington, MN, where they raised their three children and resided until 1998, when they moved to Savage and Sun Lakes, AZ. He was an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and was an inaugural council member for the Parish Council.  Jim was passionate about many things in his life, not least of which was golf, enjoying outings with both his professional and personal friends and family.   His greatest passion, however, came in spending time with his children and grandchildren, supporting them in their interests, such as fishing and hunting.  He exposed them to all varieties of activities and felt it was important to experience life to the fullest in such activities like walks to nature centers, x-country skiing, Vikings games, and many trips.  He loved travel throughout his life, both with his work and his family. Jim was a consummate people person, always ready to engage in a conversation and make a new friendship. Finally, he was an avid Tommie and U of M football fan.


Jim is survived by his children, Colleen (Brian) Johnson, David (Gala) Mickus, Daniel (Susan) Mickus; grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Jessie, Noah, Kevin, and Jamie; sister, Barbara Schoenbauer.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Joan on May 29, 2014 and his parents.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 11:00 AM at St. Edward’s Catholic Church (9401 Nesbitt Ave. S., Bloomington, MN) with Father Rick Banker officiating.  Visitation will take place at the church 1 hour prior to Mass. Private interment will take place later that afternoon at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Park Nicollet Hospice and The Pillars Hospice Home.

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Don and. Veda Sirek
1 year ago

Our sympathy with your loss; a devoted husband, father and a wonderful friend,

Suzie Nygaard
1 year ago

I will truly miss “Dr. J”. I called him my “best boss” because he truly was. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Gerald and Edna Heine
1 year ago

We were fortunate to know Jim and Joan while living on Sun Lakes. AZ
He was always delightful to talk with and we enjoyed our evenings socializing and playing bridge after cocktails and dinner. When we think of Jim we think of his stories he’d tell and the laughter that followed. Bless the memory of Jim Mickus.

Michael Sirek
1 year ago

My sympathies to the Mickus family. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Mike & Dianne Sirek

R. Tracy and Dianne Myers
1 year ago

We were fortunate to know Jim and have him in our lives during our winters in Arizona. From time to time in each of our lives there are people who show up bearing rare and valuable gifts, Jim was one of those individuals. Tracy and I enjoyed many memorable times with Jim.

Sydne Hellmer
1 year ago

I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of my dear cousin, Jim. He was such a favorite of mine and I will never forget him. It has been such a long time that I have seen or talked to any of you that you might not remember me. I have gone by the nickname of “Bumpy” in MN and we are Dan’s god-parents. We, now, live in the Denver area. I talked to Barb last Dec. at a funeral service for Georgia Nolden and she informed me that Jim was not well. God bless all of you! I… Read more »

Dan Mickus
1 year ago
Reply to  Sydne Hellmer

Hi Sydne,
Thanks for sharing your kind words and thoughts we appreciate them all. Even though we may be separated by some distance and time we will remember you.

jim bassett
1 year ago

We will miss Jim. A wonderful colleague who enthusiastically embraced life with enthusiasm and humor. He was blessed with a wonderful mind and family.

Christl Larson
1 year ago

He was a wonderful, funny man. I loved being around him. Always with a smile on his face.
Christl Hutter Larson

Steve Quiggle
1 year ago

I worked with and for “Doc” Mickus for over 15 years at Cargill. He was inspiring, supportive…and quite a character! Some of my favorite Cargill memories include Jim. He will be missed by many.

Dave Schmit
1 year ago

God Bless my great friend!!

Dawn Rosario
1 year ago

My heartfelt condolence to Colleen ,David and Susan as well as his sister Barbara and all the Grandchildren.I worked with Jim as he was the Board president of his townhouse association that I manage .I enjoyed our conversations of his family and life.He was an asset to his community and valued neighbor and Board member.

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