Monday , February 11, 2013 - 9:06 AM
Gerald Dean Mikesell of Porterville will celebrate his 80th birthday. Family and friends may attend an open house in his honor from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Porterville LDS Church, 2700 W. Morgan Valley Drive, Porterville.
He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Porterville to Samuel and Virginia Johnson Mikesell. He married Georgia Price on Nov. 18, 1953, in Morgan. In 1962, their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple.
He attended Morgan High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Ideal Cement Plant in Croydon, where he retired after more than 46 years.
A member of the Lions Club, he also served as president and was involved in many of its activities. He is a member of the LDS Church and served in many positions. He and his wife served a mission to Martins Cove, Wyo., served for more than five years at the Ogden Temple and as ward and stake missionary.
He spent his lifetime serving others. When he was younger, he shod horses, sheared sheep, custom haying, hunted and camped. He enjoys spending time with his family and golfing with his buddies.
Their children are Rosemary and Glenn Eberle, Pleasant View; Eugene and Julie Mikesell, West Haven; and Tom Mikesell, Tigard, Ore. They have seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.