Michael (Mike) W. Ekholm – Cloquet Pine Journal

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With great sadness, 69-year-old Michael (Mike) William Ekholm of Cloquet, MN passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 1, 2022 in his sleep. Mike was born March 31, 1953 in Cloquet, MN to William & Kathleen (Webber) Ekholm.

Mike graduated from Esko High School in 1971. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served 4 years in the Air Force. He married the love of his life, Pam (Horner) on August 17, 1974. They started life in Grand Forks, ND where Mike was stationed at the time. In 1976, they returned to Cloquet and started a family. They lived there until 2003 and then began a new adventure in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They returned to Cloquet in 2011.

Prior to 2003 Mike worked for Potlach/Sappi for 20 years. While living in North Carolina, he worked at Salty Dawg Marina; later retiring from Scully’s boat work. They lived on a canal where Mike’s boat was moored 50 feet from his back door. Mike enjoyed all types of fishing and was in fact a charter captain on Lake Superior for many years. He also enjoyed hunting, camping, making homemade maple syrup, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael is predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Mary and Pete Sauve & John and Alice Horner & his nephew Ryan Hill.

He is survived by his wife Pam, his daughter Jessie (Adam) Metzinger, Carmen Ekholm, his grandchildren Gabriel Illikainen and Beau Metzinger. Siblings, Steven (Gloria), Richard (Connie), Robert, Cindy (Fred) Wefelmeyer; and many nieces and nephews who will be sadly missed by Mike.

Mike is still fishing!

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