Richard (Dick) Paul Mitchell, 81, Middlebury native


BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. —Richard (Dick) Paul Mitchell Sr., 81 years old, passed away on Nov. 4, 2019, at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla. Richard was born in Middlebury, Vt., on April 28, 1938. He was the son of predeceased Isadore and Kate Mitchell of Cornwall, Vt. 

Dick graduated from Middlebury High School in 1957, years later receiving the Baseball/Football Alumni Award from Middlebury HS. In 1998, he earned his Civil Engineering Associates Degree from CCV in Burlington, Vt.

Dick joined the Air Force in 1957. He traveled all over the world, serving one year at Civil Engineer Red Horse, in Vietnam (1966-67) and one year in Korea (1972) during his service. He retired as 1st Master Sergeant at Luke AFB in Glendale, Ariz. in 1977. After the service he worked at IBM in Williston, Vt., and transferred to Boca Raton, Fla.  While in Florida, he continued his career at Palm Beach County Airport, FAU, and Miami Country Day School. He and wife Linda moved to Tennessee to start his career at Hiwassee College for maintenance facilities and then Foothill Mall in Maryville, Tenn. When he retired he moved back to Boynton Beach, Fla. He had tons of energy and stopped working at 75 years old.

Dick was a loving husband, father and friend to everyone he met. He enjoyed life, loved playing golf, watching all sports, and having fun with his family and friends. He started the Moose in Boca Raton, Fla., and was a Governor for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Shriners, VFW, American Legion and the Moose.

Dick is survived by his wife Linda (Shirey/Kitts); daughters Connie and Julie Mitchell; stepchildren Belynda, Mark and wife Chrissy, Benita and ex-husband Dave, Brenna and fiancé Tony, and Tommy. Also his sister Kit Quesnel and husband John of Middlebury and brothers Issy, Dean, Bob and Bill. Many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive him. He was predeceased by his sons Rick and Jeff, his daughter Wendy, brothers Stuart and Donald, and sister Barbara O’Brien.

There will be a celebration of life at Kit and John Quesnel’s house at 115 Airport Road, in Middlebury, on Oct. 2, 2021, between 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Memorial Service with Theresa Grescheck, Minister, Dick’s sister-in-law will provide the eulogy to be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Cornwall on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at 4 p.m. The American Legion Post 27, Middlebury, will do a military service at the cemetery after the memorial service.◊


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