Cole John Mickelson was born January 20, 1987, in Missoula, Montana, to his parents Mary Jo Ridgeway and Jim Mickelson. He was residing in Missoula at the time of his death.
After a long battle with schizophrenia, Cole chose to end his life while at his mother and step-fatherÂ´s home over spring break. Cole was attending the University of Montana majoring in literature after having graduated with high honors from Miles Community College. He graduated from Sentinel High School in Missoula.
After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Cole fought very hard to keep the voices at bay and keep his mind his own. Being a person suffering from mental illness, he battled loneliness and isolation. Although he knew we were always there to help, love and support him, the war going on with the demons pursuing and torturing him every day of his life became overwhelming. We understand, Coley. Please know we love you.
Cole had a beautiful mind, was the smartest person we ever knew and was so gentle with others. He loved to think about and discuss issues involving the environment, politics, history, religion and philosophy. He loved music, reading, the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and video games. And he loved his family very much as we did him.
Cole was predeceased by his beloved grandparents John and Emma Ridgeway and his aunt Susan Ridgeway. Cole is survived by his mother and step father, Mary Jo Ridgeway and Gary Day; his father and step-mother, Jim Mickelson and Mindy Carver, his brothers and sisters Adam and Jenn Mickelson, Justin Day and Catharine Houstoun; his grandparents Kay and Larry Mickelson and Dennis and Alice Carver, and Alva Day; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Please rest in peace, dear son. You will always be in our hearts and minds. Rather than a memorial, we urge all who read this to keep their hearts and minds open to those with mental illness and to be good and gentle and gracious with others. Cole would want it that way.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will be held in The Stanford Cemetery in Stanford, Montana. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.