June 17, 1939 – January 29, 2013
John Edward Mitchell went to his eternal rest Jan. 29. He was born June 17, 1939 in Ada, Oklahoma to John and Lossie (Yarborough) Mitchell. As an infant, the family moved to Miami where he attended school. In the mid-50’s, they moved to Wheatfields.
John graduated from Globe High School in 1957. In Dec. of the same year he went to work at Kennecott Copper Company in Hayden, where he was a Boilermaker. He retired from there in 2004.
John married Wanda Shedd and they divorced after 23 years of marriage. He got remarried to Dena May Goodwin and resided in Dudleyville until her death 25 years later.
John was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry (Jo Ann) Mitchell of Phoenix, Ronnie (Margie) Mitchell of Globe, Joe (Linda) Mitchell of Miami, Jesse (Karen) Mitchell of Globe (Safford); and two stepdaughters, Jessie and Judy Blake of Tonto Basin.
John is survived by his two sons, John Mitchell of Florence and Ronnie (Trish) Mitchell of Round Mountain, Nevada; three stepsons, Fred (Buster) Goodwin of Kearny, David Goodwin of Dudleyville, Larry (Sheri) Goodwin of Kearny; two stepdaughters, Norma Martinez of Globe, Sue Welch of Mesa; four natural grandchildren, Nanette Gilpin of New Mexico, William Arnold of Phoenix, Ronnie Mitchell of Florence and Megan Mitchell of Round Mountain Nevada; two step-grandchildren, Robert Smith of Globe and Ashley (Daniel) Curiel of Round Mountain, Nevada and numerous great-grandchildren.
John’s life was enriched by his love of hunting and fishing. Vacation always revolved around deer season, where you could always count on a freezer full of fresh venison. He hunted with everything from bow and arrow to black powder. A family event was melting and pouring bullets for the black powder rifle.
His hobbies included reloading and gunsmithing, for which he was very skilled. He was also known for his exceptional knife-making. He gave one of his hand-crafted knives to an uncle, who said it was the only knife he had ever seen that could skin a moose without resharpening. Many friends and family were recipients of his talent.
A special thank you goes out to his wonderful niece, Amie Olson, who was by his side, daily, with her ray-of-sunshine smile, as she tirelessly advocated for his care and well-being.
Assisting the family is Lamont Mortuary of Globe. For more information log on to LamontMortuary.cableone.com.