Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell

Wednesday, November 23rd, 1921 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Thomas Mitchell, 97, of Ironwood, passed away at Gogebic Medical Care Facility on November 22, 2019, after a brief illness.   He was born on November 23, 1921, in Ironwood, the eldest son of Thomas and Josephine (Peckstein) Mitchell.  He attended Ironwood schools and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1939. 
     Tom was employed by the Civilian Conversation Corps (CCC) Camp Norrie for 4 years. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in WWII with Patton’s 3 rd Army.  He was honorably discharged in 1946.  After returning to Michigan from the Army, he worked at Ahonen Lumber Company, Culligan, Twin City Wholesale, Meyer Sausage Company, Ironwood Bottle Gas, and finally Lake Superior District Power Company where he worked for 20 years until retiring in 1986.
     Tom married Bette Tonkin on July 18, 1970, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood.  She preceded him in death on February 16, 2008. 
     He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of both Ironwood American Legion Post #5 and Ironwood VFW #1823, a member of Ironwood Masonic Lodge #389, as well as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 
     Tom is survived by a brother, John (Ruth) of Ironwood; a sister, JoAnn Reinholtz of Appleton, WI; and nieces, Sara (Jeff) Saxby of Appleton, WI, Amy (Daniel) Mojica of Sheboygan, WI, Beatrice (Don) Frol of Grand Forks, MN, and Marilyn (Bob) Krause of Detroit, TX; as well as grand-nephews and grand-nieces, Erik Saxby, Michael and Matt Frol, Gail Dyer, and John, Phillip and Crystal Krause.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Josephine Mitchelll; his wife, Bette; his brother-in-law Clarence Reinholtz; and a niece Susan Dyer.
     A Memorial Service will be held at McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 2 pm with Pastor Keith Mullikin officiating. Full military rites will follow by the American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard.  A Masonic Service will begin at 1:30 pm.  There will be a reception for friends and family at the funeral home following the services.
     Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood in the spring.  Memorial gifts should be directed to Wesley United Methodist Church, 500 East McLeod Avenue, Ironwood, MI 49938.             
     McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Ironwood, is assisting the family. For more information or to express online condolences, please visit .
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home
    305 N. Lowell
    Ironwood, Michigan 49938
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 11:00am
    McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home
    305 N. Lowell
    Ironwood, Michigan 49938
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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