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July 30, 1944 - June 27, 2012

Mike was born July 30, 1944 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Richard and Mary (Lobland) Aske.  He grew up in Whalen, Minnesota.  He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era from 1962 – 1965.  He worked for Gjere Construction in Mabel for 40 years before retiring in 2009.  On February 29, 1972 he married Nancy Pederson in Lanesboro. They lived their married life together in Mabel raising two children Kari Aske Justin (Paul) and Rick Aske. Those two children were the joy to him.  Mike enjoyed fishing, went on numerous fishing trips with his Mabel Buddies, and also enjoyed small game hunting.

Mike  passed way Wednesday, June 27 2012  at home with his family by his side after a 2 ½ year battle with prostate cancer at the age of 67.

Mike is survived by his wife Nancy of  Mabel; his daughter Kari (Paul) Justin of Stewartville; son Rick Aske of Mabel; two grandchildren Samantha and Elliot of Stewartville; sisters Marge (Hyatt) King of Dallas, Texas, Valrie (Dale) Olson of Whalan, Bonny (Dick) Engen of Whalan, and Glady (Rick) Nord of Stewartville; brothers Robert Engen of Whalan and Tom Engen of Mabel; brother-in-law Dick Pederson; sister-in-law Gloria (Arden) Vang; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard Aske and Mary Lobland Aske Engen.

Mike’s daughter Kari ran a half-marathon on May 27, 2012 for the American Cancer Society in which she raised over $2,700. Mike’s son assisted him to the finish line to see Kari finish the race and she placed her medal around her dad.
Per Mikes wishes he was cremated.  Visitation will be 4-7 PM Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.  A private burial will be at a later date in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.

Thank you to ALL of our fantastic families and friends for supporting us during his battle with cancer.

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