Richard Dean Mitchell was born March 3, 1950, to Dean and Laura Jean Mitchell in Bozeman, Montana. Rick grew up in Trident and Manhattan. He graduated from Manhattan High school. During these years Rick spent many days at his grandparent's ranch in Dry Creek.
On May 27, 1969, Rick married Sue Detrick. They had two children, Julie and Alan. Rick worked various jobs throughout the years. He worked at IDEAL Cement for five years and then decided he wanted to begin his career in the upholstery business. Thus began RD Upholstery and he was a master at his craft. He then worked at Clover Bale Apiaries and later worked for a construction company laying fiber optic cable throughout Montana, Oregon, Idaho, and Colorado. After working on the road for about four years, he decided he wanted to be closer to his grandkids and family. He and Sue bought a little acreage outside of Belgrade, and he got right back into the upholstery business.
Sadly, just as things seemed to be going great, Rick was diagnosed with MS in April of 2000. Although this slowed him down a bit, Rick always tried to keep active even continuing to fish and hunt up until the last few years. Hunting was one of Rick's joys, especially with Alan and the grandkids. Rick was diagnosed with cancer three months ago and passed on January 30, 2016, with his family by his side.
He is preceded in death by his dad, Dean Mitchell and grandparents, George and Clara Lambert, and Pleasant and Erwin Mitchell.
Survivors include his wife, Sue; and children, Julie (Todd) Jensen and Alan (Christina) Mitchell; grandchildren, Brady, Shelbie, Riley, Dalton, Macie, and Averee; great-grandson, Kannon; his mother, Laura Jean Mitchell of St. George, Utah; sisters, Clara Jean (Clarence) Vranish of Evanston, Wyoming, and Karen Dyk of St. George, Utah; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Rick will be remembered for his fighting spirit. You always knew where you stood with him, and he wasn't afraid to tell you what he thought.
Graveside services will be held at Meadow View Cemetery on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. with a reception to celebrate Rick's life at the American Legion in Manhattan immediately following the service.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2016