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Norman "Duke" Mitchell

Died: Mon., Nov. 24, 2014


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 06, 2014
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


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CHOTEAU – Norman Don "Duke" Mitchell, age 84, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes during his afternoon nap, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He joins his beloved wife, Emma La Rhea Mitchell, who passed in 1989. Duke was born on Jan. 24, 1930, to William Wesley and Olive Myrtle (Bettey) Mitchell. From the time he was a small boy in Shelley, Idaho, he was an outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and working outside. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Duke followed in his father’s footsteps and became a third generation bee keeper. He married in 1950 and moved his family to Missoula in 1957. With his brother Russell, he founded Mitchell Brothers Honey. Long days of hard work in the bees didn’t stop him from having a large productive vegetable garden and devoting hours every week in service to The Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a valiant servant as he fulfilled his callings as Bishop, Missionary and in the Stake Presidency. Although he never had sons, he loved working with young men in Boy Scouts. He never tired of taking them camping, hiking or hunting. Duke was a master pie baker. He developed a recipe for perfect pineapple pie. But he would tell you his highest accomplishment was raising four daughters. He taught them by example to be kind, forgiving and to serve all with a touch of humor. Duke is survived by his daughters, Linda Allred and Sherry Skillman, both of Lolo, Marilee (Daniel) Stott of Choteau and Joni (Darrin) Muir of Victor; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Betty Benjamin and Mary (Hank) Brown of Idaho. He was preceded in death by his by his wife; parents; twin sister Norma Owen; siblings Russell Mitchell and Helen Browning. Two services will be held. In Choteau at the LDS Church, Dec. 5. Viewing at 10:30 a.m. and funeral at 11 a.m. In Lolo at the LDS Church, Dec. 6. Funeral at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Victor following the service. Memorials are suggested to the Choteau Red Cross, 301 Pelzman Road, Choteau, MT 59422. Online condolences may be left at gorderjensenfuneralhome.com and also at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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Dena Griffin
   Posted Tue December 02, 2014
What a great man and am so blessed to have known him! Sorry to say I will be out of town this weekend and won't be able to make it to the funeral. Comfort and blessings of peace in the Gospel to the family.

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