Gerard De Koekkoek of Lynden is celebrating his 85th birthday. He was born in Edgerton, Minnesota, on March 21, 1934, to Gerard and Ida (Hanenburg) De Koekkoek. He is retired from dairy farming and enjoys reading, traveling, and being involved with the Gideons. Gerard was married to Marion (Baldwin) De Koekkoek for 56 years before her passing in 2016. He has five children and 17 grandchildren and attributes his longevity to God’s faithfulness. His daughters are hosting a birthday celebration with cake and coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23, in the second floor activity room at Lynden Manor. Family and friends are invited. In lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to the Whatcom County chapter of the Gideons.