John Gary Mitchell, age 85, of
, formerly of
, passed away on
August 4, 2021
at Frankfort Pines,
John Gary Mitchell was born on
Feb. 2, 1936
. His parents were George and Myrtle Mitchell. He had one sister, Francis GeorgeAnn (Wing). John graduated from
in 1954. He was a proud alumni of
where he obtained his teaching degree. On
August 17, 1957
he married Dorothy Naomi Peters after meeting her at a church youth group.
John was an Industrial Arts teacher at
from where he retired in 1991. He was active for many years assisting with drama club, musical productions as well as many other school activities. John also taught drivers training for many summers. He enjoyed woodworking, coin collecting, rock collecting (Petoskey stones), and ceramics. His family will treasure the many hand crafted items that are sure to spark fond memories and conversations.
John is survived by Dorothy Naomi (Peters) Mitchell, his wife of 65 years, his 4 children: Christopher Jon Mitchell (Terry), Sheila Ann "Sam" Cagle (Craig), Lisa Lynne Carpenter (Rich) and Scott George Mitchell (Susan); his grandchildren Alyssa, Christopher (Breanna), Keith, Sarah, Corbin, Cole, and Jonah; and his new great-grandchild Christopher Jon III.
A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, Michigan, on Saturday August 7, 2021, with Pastor Doug Strait officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes,