John Allen Mikesell
1930 – 2022
John Allen Mikesell August 23, 1930 – September 30, 2022
John Allen Mikesell, 92, died peacefully on September 30, 2022 at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Arizona. Mr. Mikesell was born August 23, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio and has spent most of his life living in California, Arizona and Colorado.
With the permission of his parents, John enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1947 at the age of 17 and was a proud World War II veteran as well as a life member. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Like his wife of 52 years, Jane Mikesell, whose death in September 2019 preceded him, he was a dedicated animal lover and regular contributor to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and other organizations. other animal protection charities.
He was a gifted poet and in 1997 his book of poems titled “Golden Poetry” was published with 50% of the proceeds from sales donated to missionary work to help those in need.
The opening poem of his book Golden Poetry, “Alpha and Omega”, is a poem of which he was particularly proud.
For many years it was a tradition for him to write a Christmas poem for each of his sons, for which they are extremely grateful. He boasted of being an excellent carpenter and joiner, and in his later years kept himself busy as a skilled handyman.
Wherever he lived he was active in the community and belonged to many organizations such as the American Legion, Elks Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles to name a few. He and his wife Jane were devout Christians and while living in Casa Grande, Arizona were members of Trinity Southern Baptist Church.
He enjoyed fishing whenever he got the chance, and he and Jane rarely missed an episode of the evening TV show “Wheels of Fortune.”
His hobbies were coin collecting, writing poems, billiards, cards and other games with his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Schueman; sons, Mike and Mitch Gordon; four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Information provided by the family.