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Gilbert Mickelsen

Middleton, St. George

Gilbert Mickelsen returned to heaven on September 8, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 78. He was born on March 10, 1935, in Middleton, Utah to Edward Meeks and Delcina Prince Mickelson. He loved the red hills of Dixie and had many great memories growing up here with his 4 brothers and 4 sisters, he was the youngest. 

     While serving in the Army, stationed in Germany, he met his beautiful wife Erika. Together they raised five children. 

     Gil was a pipefitter by trade and worked for the Local 525 out of Las Vegas, Nevada, until he retired in 1991. He has many lifetime friends that he worked with for many years.

    Whoever knew Dad, knew how much he loved music. He sang and played the guitar at every campfire or gathering. He played the piano by ear, unlike anything you have ever heard! He taught his children to love music and to sing and play also. He was so proud and would usually ask if they could get up and sing or play wherever anyone was playing music. He had a family and friends gathering with music and laughter as often as possible, for any occasion. He loved to have people gather at his home, and everyone loved to come over.

    Dad's other passion was growing things. Vegetables, fruit, and gorgeous flower gardens. He won ribbons at the fair with his tomatoes, grapes and melons. He would grow it and Mom would bottle it! They made the best salsa, tomato juice, and jelly you ever tasted. He was also known to make a little wine too!  His orchard, grapevines, and vegetable and rose gardens are well known and admired in Middleton. 

     Dad's family was the thing most precious to him. He loved and cherished his wife - he called her "Kid". He set an example of love and respect. Foul language was not tolerated around his precious wife or children. He took his kids fishing, hunting, camping, and on vacations. He took us all to Germany as often as he could to see family there. He raised chickens, cows, horses, dogs and cats in Middleton. He worked hard and he played hard.

     After retirement, He and Erika liked to travel and camp out with friends. They took trips all over the world and met a few times a year on the Mesa in Overton, and at Lake Mead. They had so much fun and so many great memories of that.

    Gil was known best as Papa. He has 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He loved them so much! He lived to see those kids and was so proud of all of them.

    We could go on forever talking about Gil. He will forever be in our hearts and minds. He will be remembered as Husband, Dad, Papa, Brother, Friend, Uncle, Buddy. However you knew him you couldn't help but love him, and you knew he loved you and cared about you. Whenever you asked how he was, he was always 'fantastic', no matter what. We will miss you and love you forever, thank you for the great life you gave us.

    Gil was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Marie & (Clark)Thomas; Ida & (Bill) Seegmiller,  Meeks & (Bonnie) Mickelson; Ross & (Virginia) Mickelson; Bill Mickelsen; and Pete Mickelson, and brother and sisters:  Anna, Mark and Dorothy.

    He is survived by his wife Erika, children: Donna & (Dave) Frost; Rod & (Shanni) Mickelsen; Randy Mickelsen & (Lucia); Jane Mickelsen & (Chad); Toni & (J.R.) Warner; 11 grandchildren: Scotty, Casey, Jaden, Jordan, Kayla, Brady, Dallas, Kody, Jake, Colt, and Oakley; and 4 great grandchildren: Casen, Wade, Jaxon, and Ziva. His Sister ElLouise & (Kay) Stucki; and sisters-in-law Laurel Mickelsen and Arlene Mickelsen; and many nieces and nephews.

See ya in the spring!  

      Services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013, 11:00 a.m., at the Capilla LDS Church, 807 Capilla Drive, Washington, Utah (brown church next to the Stake Center in Buena Vista). Visitation before the service 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment with military rights to follow at the Washington City Cemetery. 

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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Sept. 12, 2013
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