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Avery Jon Mikel

Avery Jon Mikel

Private First Class Avery Jon Mikel, age 19, of Nevis, MN was called to God what seems like too soon on Saturday morning, July 23, 2016. Avery was born on January 1, 1997 to Naoma Mikel and Corey Burton in Park Rapids. He graduated from Nevis High School in 2015 and went into the military, serving in the MN National Guard until his passing.

Avery loved to fish and hunt, and relished times he could spend in nature, especially on the lake at his grandmother's house. He loved animals, starting "Avery's Walk for Wildlife," an organization that raised funds for animals injured in oil spills. He was a proud member of the National Guard, earning many distinctions during his time in the military. Avery also loved his family, especially his brother and sister, both of whom adored him. He was energetic and was excited to start a new life surrounded by people he loved and who loved him.

Avery will be missed by his mother, Naoma Mikel, girlfriend Heather Flann, brother Nakhi, sister Nevaeh, Aunt Deena Crabb and nephew Silas, Grandparents Patti Mikel, Herman Dudley, Bruce Brummitt, and Cheryl Valois, "GG," and many many other family and friends, too numerous to count or list.

A service for Avery will be held at the Firefly Event Barn in Nevis, MN on Friday, July 29 at 2:00 PM, officiated by Joshua Hawn. Visitation with family will be one hour prior, and a celebration of life will continue after the service into the evening. Military Honors will be provided by the MN Army NAT Guard. An inurnment will occur at a later date in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. To leave online condolences, please visit www.ceasefuneralhome.com . Cease Family Funeral Home of Nevis, MN is assisting with arrangements.

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