Michael Allen Paradee was born on March 12, 1955 in Springfield, MN, the son of Donald and MaryAnn (Bishop) Paradee. By the time he was six, the family had settled in the New London/Spicer area. He wrestled and played football for New London Spicer High School, graduating in 1973. Mike met Janine Olson at Willmar Community College. They were united in marriage on April 24, 1976 in Brandon, MN. Seven children were born to this union: Amanda, Ashley, Bethany, Levi, Samuel, Marilla, and Noah. Mike served in the United States Navy on the USS Vulcan stationed in Norfolk, VA from 1977-1981.
After Mike’s time in the Navy he studied to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Cloud State University, graduating in 1983. Following college, Mike and his family moved to the Virginia Beach, VA area for several years. He received his CPA license and worked in the accounting field. Mike and his family moved to Osakis in 1994 to open his own accounting firm in Alexandria.
Mike loved visiting with his clients and especially tax season; but most of all, Mike loved his family. He will be remembered for watching the boys play baseball, going to Viking games, and time spent on family camping trips. He spent many mornings out golfing with the kids and taught all of them to play cribbage. He played hide & seek in the “dark basement” and was known to spend time at the McDonalds play area watching and playing with his children and grandchildren. He went to all the church softball games to watch his kids play and always brought a bag full of Gatorade, sunflower seeds and red licorice.
Mike enjoyed spending time with his five siblings and their families talking about the funny stories and memories of when they were young. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Michael A. Paradee died on Friday, January 2, 2015 in Alexandria at the age of 59. He is survived by his wife Janine Paradee of Osakis; Amanda (Jeremy) Solt of Prior Lake, MN, Ashley Paradee of Osakis, Bethany Paradee of St. Louis Park, Levi (Ally) Paradee of Ramstein AFB Germany, Samuel Paradee, Marilla Paradee, and Noah Paradee of Osakis; seven grandchildren Ivy, James, Olivia, and Josephine Solt all of Prior Lake, Ezra Paradee of Osakis, and Madilyn and Graham Paradee of Ramstein AFB Germany; siblings Terry (Karlyn) Paradee, Ron Paradee, Laramee Paradise, Lea Ann Paradise, and Kelly Paradee; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and MaryAnn Paradee and his sister LoriLynn.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:30am at Church for the Harvest in Alexandria. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5-7pm at Anderson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Urn Bearers are Levi Paradee and Samuel Paradee. Honorary Urn Bearers are Terry Paradee, Ron Paradee, Laramee Paradise, Lea Ann Paradise, Kelly Paradee, and Carey Taylor.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in New London, MN at a later date.