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John Edward Mitchell, 71

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

John Edward Mitchell went to his eternal rest on Jan. 29, 2013. He was born June 17, 1939 in Ada, Okla. to John and Lossie (Yarborough) Mitchell.

As an infant, the family moved to Miami, Ariz., where he attended school. They moved to Wheatfields in the mid 50s. John graduated from Globe High School in 1957. In December of that year, he went to work at Kennecott Copper Company in Hayden, where he was a Boilermaker. He retired from there in 2004.

John married Wanda Shedd and they divorced after 23 years of marriage. He got remarried to Dena May Goodwin and resided in Dudleyville until her death 25 years later. John was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry (Jo Ann) Mitchell of Phoenix, Ronnie (Margie) Mitchell of Globe, Joe (Linda) Mitchell of Miami, and Jesse (Karen) Mitchell of Globe (Safford); and two stepdaughters, Jessie and Judy Blake of Tonto Basin.

John is survived by his two sons, John Mitchell of Florence and Ronnie (Trish) Mitchell of Round Mountain, Nev.; three stepsons, Fred (Buster) Goodwin of Kearny, David Goodwin of Dudleyville, and Larry (Sheri) Goodwin of Kearny; two stepdaughters, Norma Martinez of Globe, and Sue Welch of Mesa; four natural grandchildren, Nanette Gilpin of New Mexico, William Arnold of Phoenix, Ronnie Mitchell of Florence, and Megan Mitchell of Round Mountain, Nev.; grandchildren, Robert Smith of Globe, and Ashley (Daniel) Curiel of Round Mountain, Nev.; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Johnís life was enriched by his love of hunting and fishing. Vacation always revolved around deer season, where you could always count on a freezer full of fresh venison. He hunted with everything from Bow and Arrow to Black Powder. A family event was melting and pouring bullets for the black powder rifle. His hobbies included reloading, and gun smithing for which he was very skilled. He was also known for his exceptional knife making. He gave one of his hand crafted knives to an uncle who said it was the only knife he had ever seen that could skin a moose without re-sharpening. Many friends and family are recipients of his talent. A special thank you goes out to his wonderful niece, Amie Olson, who was by his side daily with her ray of sunshine smile, as she tirelessly advocated for his care and well being. Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.

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