Mitchell celebrating 90th birthday Nov. 28

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Lewis Mitchell

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Lewis Mitchell

Lewis “Mitch” Mitchell, Scott City, will celebrate his 90th birthday with a private party held by family members.

He was born Nov. 28, 1924, at Dodge City, the son of Walter and Cleo Mitchell.

Mitch married Donis Hughes on Aug. 13, 1949, at the old United Methodist Church (on Main Street) in Scott City.

They have four children, Meredith Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., Marc Mitchell, Lawrence, Melanie Key, and husband, Stephen, Providence, R.I., and Marci Duys, and husband, John, San Anselmo, Calif.; and one granddaughter, Catie Duys, San Anselmo, Calif.

A 1942 graduate of Ingalls High School, Mitchell enrolled at the University of Kansas, but after his freshman year he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 445th Ordnance HAM Company and served in France and Germany during World War II.

Following the war, he played in an army dance band formed to entertain the troops until he was transferred back to the U.S. and discharged. The band occasionally included a vocalist by the name of Joe Bari, who would eventually change his name to Tony Bennett.

Upon returning home, Mitchell earned a degree in mechanical engineering from KU.

Mitch and Donis returned to Scott City in 1950 where they farmed south of town and raised a family. In 1972, he began a new career as the general manager of Wheatland Electric Cooperative where he worked until his retirement.

While general manager of Wheatland, he also served as president of the Sunflower board for 12 years.

Mitchell is a member of the United Methodist Church and the Lions Club, both of Scott City. He continues to serve the community through his work with the county waste disposal plan and as chairman of the board of at First National Bank, Scott City.

Following an early celebration with family in Lawrence last month, Mitchell will celebrate his 90th birthday with family who are visiting from California. Friends can send cards to:

Lewis Mitchell

Box 226

 

Scott City, Ks. 67871

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