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Dennis Mikkelson, a public health expert who later opened the Soup Shoppe in Riverside, died on Dec. 24, 2019. He was 70.

Born on March 19, 1949, in Edmonton, Canada to Vernon Mikkelson and Ilona Chubak Mikkelson, he graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa in 1967. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in public health from the University of Hawaii. He worked briefly in the public health field in New Orleans.

Mikkelson went into the culinary field and owned the Soup Shoppe in the Brockton Arcade in Riverside for nine years. Cooking was his passion and he loved to host and cook for large family gatherings at his home in Redlands.

He is survived by his partner of many years, Barbara Switzer, and his sisters; Karen Ainsworth, Darlene Bart, Deborah Mikkelson, Cheryl Dirodis, Sandra Mikkelson and Ilona Pina; and brothers David Mikkelson, Dana Mikkelson and Chris Mikkelson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 115 W. Olive Ave., Redlands, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.