Obituary: Herbert J. Mikels

May 4, 1929 – Jan. 28, 2020

Herbert James Mikels, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s House. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Julius and Martha (Berg) Mikels. 

On May 20, 1961, he married Arleen Busse at Sawyer Methodist Church; she died June 23, 2001.

Herb farmed in the Town of Sturgeon Bay for many years. He also drove the bus for Southern Door Schools for more than 30 years.

Herb was a longtime and active member of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. He was a man of great faith whose social life revolved around activities at his church and several other churches. He loved Bible studies, hymn sings, gospel concerts and participating in the men’s club at the Methodist church. Herb also enjoyed the programs and dinners of the Door County Historical Society.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane (Shawn) Bowers, Sturgeon Bay, and Deb (Aaron) Holland, Sturgeon Bay; granddaughter Emma Holland; brother-in-law Myrton Schley; and many nieces and nephews. 

Herb was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother Robert (Marie) Mikels; sister Betty (Joe) Blaha; and in-laws.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery. Visitation will be Feb. 6, 10-11 am, at the church. 

Memorials may be given to the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.  Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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