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John C. Mikul, Jr. Obituary

John C. Mikul, Jr, 76, of Laguna Vista, Texas, passed away in Harlingen, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

John was born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., but spent the past 45 years living in California, Texas and New Mexico.
He lived a full and varied life, from growing up as a Catholic schoolboy and serving with the US Marine Corps, to dropping out from society when he felt it didn't represent his values.

After living in Mexico and on several communes in the U.S., he ended up in Port Isabel, Texas, working on a shrimp boat when he decided to start living his life according to Jesus' teachings. He became the beloved pastor of The Church of the Resurrection in Port Isabel, Texas, and later Cloudcroft Christian Center, Mountain of the Lord Faith Fellowship, in Cloudcroft.
He and his wife Sue also had a prison ministry and would drive around the state of New Mexico each month to conduct services for the prisoners.
He was a lover of both fishing and hunting throughout the years and many of his grandchildren find their happiest memories of him are of spending time fishing with him.
In the last few years of his life, he returned to both Port Isabel and to Catholicism.

He is preceded in death by his parents John Charles Mikul and Margaret Morrison Mikul, his wife Suzanne Mikul and his brother James Mikul.

He is survived by five daughters Heidi Molnar, Helen Mikul, Pamela Miller, Faith Ballesteros and Angela Hatch; one son John Charles Mikul III; one sister Anna Lou Laguaite; one brother Leonard Mikul; along with 17 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral mass was held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brownsville, Texas, under the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors of San Benito, Texas.
New Mexico visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home chapel with graveside services and interment at James Canyon Cemetery in Cloudcroft at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

The Mikul family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2015
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