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Chip Alan Mithaugen

May 12, 1963 ~ January 6, 2022 (age 58)

Obituary

Chip Mithaugen, age 58, of Waite Park, formerly of Brooten, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, January 6, 2022. A memorial service celebrating Chip's life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Chapel in Brooten. Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. and run until the time of service. Following the service, a luncheon will be held at the Brooten American Legion. Inurnment will be at South Lake Johanna Cemetery later this year. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Brooten.

Chip Alan Mithaugen was born on May 12, 1963 (on Mother’s Day) in Paynesville, MN. He was the third of four children born to Harold and Jeanne (Tietz) Mithaugen. Chip grew up south of Brooten, along with his brother and two sisters. He and his family were members of South Lake Johanna Lutheran Church. Chip attended Brooten public schools and graduated from Brooten High School in 1982. He then went to the Willmar Vo-Tech where he studied Diesel Mechanics. February, 1983 Chip left for active duty for the United States Army. On December 28 1983, Chip was united in marriage to Michele Lemcke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooten. From that Union, they had 4 children. The two first made their home in Fort Polk, Louisiana where Chip was stationed in the Military. Following his honorable discharge in February of 1986, the couple returned to Minnesota and settled on Chip’s family homestead south of Brooten. Chip continued his military service with the Willmar Army Reserves, until 1991. Chip work for Duininck Brothers in Prinsburg where he worked for 27 years before failing health forced him into early retirement. After 20 yrs, Chip and Michele later divorced, but worked together to raise their four children.

Chip enjoyed camping, fishing, carpentry, mechanics and “tinkering”. He was a good cook, known for his homemade pizzas, and he liked playing board games and hanging out with family. Favorite family memories include snowmobile rides, winters at the cabin, attending Crystal Springs Ranch rodeos, and summer parties at his house. Chip was a good listener and a constant source of optimism and light to those he loved. 

Less than a year before his death, Chip sold his property near Brooten and moved to Waite Park to be closer to his children and to the VA where he received his healthcare. He died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the age of 58 years. He will be remembered as a loving brother, father and grandfather.

Chip is survived by his four children, Courtney (Chris Varner) Mithaugen of Minnetonka, Zackery (Sara) Mithaugen of Chaska, Creighton (fiancée, Kara Hillier) Mithaugen of Faribault, and Channing (Mackenzie) Mithaugen of Brooklyn Park; grandchildren, Bryson, Rayne, Abigail, and Otis; siblings, Heidi (Henry) Strater of Blaine, Judy (Donavon) DeRoo of Anoka, and Chad (Michelle) Mithaugen of New London; his step-father, Ernest “Ernie” Knight and family of Starbuck; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Chip is preceded in death by his parents, Harold Mithaugen and Jeanne Mithaugen-Knight.

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Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday
January 22, 2022

1:00 AM
Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Brooten
600 1st Street
Brooten, Minnesota 56316
Guaranteed delivery before the Celebration of Life begins

Visitation
Saturday
January 22, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Brooten
600 1st Street
Brooten, Minnesota 56316
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

Luncheon
Saturday
January 22, 2022

2:00 PM
Brooten American Legion
159 Central Ave South
Brooten, MN 56316

Private Family Inurnment

South Lake Johanna Cemetery

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