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Richard Mitchell

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at Calvary Chapel of Grass Valley, for Richard “Dick” Marion Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell passed away June 9 at home in Grass Valley. He was 91.

Mr. Mitchell was born Jan. 29, 1916, to Edgar and Margaret Mitchell in Bristol, Colo. He pointed out in an autobiography that the house in which he was born was a little rock house with a dirt floor and few furnishings, built by his father and brother. He spent his early childhood in the little rock house with his parents, two of his five sisters and his brother.

In 1928, Mr. Mitchell’s mother died. He was 12. As a result, Mr. Mitchell lived with various relatives until 1934.



Mr. Mitchell lived in many towns in Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Nebraska, mainly doing farm work. When he was 18, he got a job at a Ford garage in Lamar, Colo., where he became a journeyman mechanic.

Mr. Mitchell met his wife-to-be, Minnie Edith Patterson, in 1934 at the Nazarene Church in Lamar. They were married Aug. 3, 1935, in Las Animas, Colo.




The couple moved to Los Angeles in 1940, where Dick worked for Northrop Aircraft as a machinist until 1945. They then moved to Carmichael, where Dick was drafted into the Army in April 1945. He mustered out in March 1946. After his military service, Mr. Mitchell worked for Western Machinery in Sacramento from 1946 to 1955 and then for Aerojet Corp. until 1969. Mr. Mitchell and his wife founded M & M Machine & Tool in Mountain View in 1973, which they eventually sold to their youngest daughter, Janis, and her husband, Chris.

Mr. Mitchell and his wife retired to Nevada City in 1979 and enjoyed traveling around the country, including Alaska, often with Mrs. Mitchell’s brother and sister-in-law. The couple had attended Calvary Chapel of Grass Valley since 1983. They celebrated 70 years of marriage Aug. 3, 2005, and renewed their vows at a party attended by 80 friends and family members.

Mr. Mitchell enjoyed fishing, especially in the Lake Almanor area, camping, traveling, playing cards and games, the occasional trip to Reno and the company of his family.

Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Minnie; daughters and sons-in-law Helen Louise and Gene Snow and Janis Lynn and Chris Duckett; son, Robert Leon; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; one brother; daughter-in-law, Beatrice Pratt, who died in an auto accident in 1963; and one great-grandson.

Mr. Mitchell was a loving husband, parent and grandparent, and he will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.


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