Bill Mitchell, Neosho, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 20, 2009, at home with his family at his side. 

Bill Mitchell, Neosho, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 20, 2009, at home with his family at his side.  

Bill was born to Clarence and Ruth (Hogan) Mitchell on July 12, 1923, in Wentworth. Bill was raised in Ritchey and graduated from Midway High School. He served his country during World War II, stationed in the Philippine Islands. Later, he received his degree from Calpoly Tech.

He married his soulmate, Dorothy L. Thomas in Gravette, Ark., on March 29, 1952. After having their oldest son in Neosho, the family moved to California. There, four more children were born. In 1961, he brought the family home to Missouri and had two more daughters.  They settled in Neosho in 1967. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 1986, after 30 years of service.

Bill had a fantastic sense of humor and an unforgettable laugh.  He was a devoted husband and father. A man who never shunned a day of work and was honest. He loved traveling, gardening, having coffee with his friends and picking Mom’s roses without asking. It is a privilege and honor to call him ‘Dad.’  

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; four sons, Stephen Mitchell, Rogers, Ark., Bradley Mitchell and wife, Lydia, Neosho, Tom Mitchell and wife, Debbie, Jefferson City, Blair Mitchell and wife, Paula, Niangua, Mo.; three daughters, Carla Mitchell, Neosho, Lisa Eberle and husband, Stephen, Neosho, and Shelley Clanton and husband, David, Bullhead City, Ariz.; 19 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Helen Mitchell, Neosho, Delma Thomas, Neosho, Iris Thomas, Neosho; several nieces and nephews, his little buddies, Cotton and Joe.  

Preceding him in death, his parents; sisters, Ann Combs, Thelma Charlton; brother, Jack Mitchell; and step-grandson, Jesse Clanton.  

At the request of Dad, no services are planned. We’ll meet him at the big coffee shop in the sky.  

Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Telephone Pioneers, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.  

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Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.