Lee V. Mitchell passed away on December 17 at The Oregon Veteran’s Home located in The Dalles at the age of 88.
He was born September 20, 1926 in Grandview, Washington to Robert and Belle Beck Mictchell. Lee was the youngest in the family, with siblings Floyd, Ruth and Ray.
Upon graduation from Grandview High School, he entered the Army Air corps, becoming a flight engineer on a B-54 stationed at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan.
Upon discharge from the service, he became an electrician and was employed by several firms before finalizing his career with Bonneville Power Administration as a construction electrician. Lee retired in 1991.
He was a self-taught guitarist and preferred country music to any other. Lee also loved hunting, and enjoyed doing so throughout most of the western states and Canada. Relating stories of his adventures to family and friends was one of his favorite pastimes.
He was also a member of the IBEW and a life member of the NRA.
Lee is survived by his wife Ruth, The Dalles; brother Ray Fremont, Nebraska; daughters Janet Richards, Yakima, Washington; Carol Beckenbach, Anchorage, Alaska; step-children Cassy Luse and Debby Ordway, The Dalles; and John Hurn, Bend, Oregon; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will take place in The Dalles in the spring.
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