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William W. Mitchell
05/11/1921 — 05/12/2007
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Whitefish, Montana
William W. Mitchell
William W. Mitchell went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2007, one day after his 86th birthday. Bill was born in Whitefish, Montana on May 11, 1921 to George and Kathrine Mitchell and sister Leona.
Bill and his mother ran a farm while his Dad worked on the railroad. They moved to Pendleton, OR when he was in his teens, where he finished school and attended NNC for a short time. On Dec. 7, 1941 Bill met the love of his life, Thelma Pengelly. They married May 16, 1942. They returned to California and work at Lockheed, building P-38s.
Sharon, their first child, was born. They returned to Pendleton, Yakima, Moses Lake where again Bill did body and fender work as well as upholstery. During those travels their second and third children, Willette and Edwin, were born in Yakima. Settling in Richland in 1951 and working at Hanford Patrol, their fourth child, Penny, was born.
Bill worked for Hanford Patrol for 32 years, retiring as a Captain. He enjoyed his work with the International Guards Union of America, as a President of Local 21 and Vice President for Region 1.
Bill was a proud member of the Richland Nazarene Church and an avid camper. He was appointed Scout for Richland Nazarene campers. Bill and Thelma camped across America to Vermont for the turning of the leaves.
Bill remained active in his retirement, including helping Lindy Sandlin build the new church.
Preceding him in death are daughter Sharon, parents George and Kathrine, sister and brother-in-law Leona and Ken, and nephew Gene Carlson.
Bill leaves his wife of 65 years, Thelma; children Willette, Edwin Sue, Penny True Dee, and grandchildren Robert Evans, Jason True Bonnie, Melanie True, Kristine Taylor James and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland. Memorial services will follow at 2:00 PM at Richland Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be available 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday the 16th at Einans Funeral Home.
In lieu, memorial contributions may be made to Jericho Road Ministries.
At our wedding 40 years ago Uncle Willie gave John his “worry” stone and said it had helped him stay married and it would work for John too. We’ll be looking for you in Glory. J&C
Uncle Willie was the best. He and Auntie Thimble are like second parents to my brothers and I. He was mom’s baby brother and to my dad not only a brother-in-law, he was his best friend.
Uncle Willie was always looking to get a “round-tu-it” and now he has. He is home. Jimmy
I will alway remember the camping trips, especially the train.
Thelma, I will always remember the fun times we shared at the many camping trips. I still remember stealing his cowboy hat. The train coming down the Tucannon Canyon was a memory that always brings Bill to mind. He was character. My thoughts and love go to you and your family. Pam