Joseph Wendell Stokes of Roy will celebrate his 80th birthday. Family and friends may attend an open house in his honor from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27 at the Roy LDS chapel, 4900 S. 2000 West.
The youngest of six children, he was born and raised on the farm in Franklin, Idaho, on April 15, 1933, to Wilford and Nora Stokes.
He married Carol Cook Stokes on July 7, 1961, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Idaho Falls Temple.
He rode his horse Old Coalie or his bike into town to elementary school. He graduated from Preston High School and attended Weber State College. He spent 40 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve out of Hill Air Force Base and Travis Air Force Base. He served in the Korean War and Desert Storm. Air Force service took him to every continent of the world, including Antarctica. He retired from HAFB with 38 years of service.
He served 17 years as finance clerk of his LDS ward under six bishops and as counselor in two bishoprics.
His hobbies include restoring classic cars, gardening and flying. He has a commercial pilot's license with instrument rating and FFA flight engineer license.
His children and their spouses are Paul and Annie Stokes, Logan; Pete and Stacie Bowden, St. George; Jeff and Cari Stokes, Mountain Green; and Briggs and Wendy Horman, Ammon, Idaho.
He has 10 grandchildren with twins on the way.