Robert "Bob" Hamilton Mitchell passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012, after a lengthy battle against congestive heart failure and chronic myeloid leukemia. A memorial service will be held on July 7 at 1 p.m. at Klamath Christian Center, 6100 Church Hill Drive, with Pastor Scott Hines officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the service at Klamath Christian Center.
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Bob was born in Baltimore, Md. on Oct. 14, 1940, to Mary Margaret (Bush) and Murray Waite Mitchell. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a Baltimore high school for exceptional students, at the age of 16. He attended the University of Colorado where he met his wife, Gail Sawyer. They were married on June 16, 1962.
Bob graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., in June 1966, and received his master's degree in physics from Washington State University in June 1970. He taught physics at Nashville State Technical Institute in Nashville, Tenn., until 1975, when he and Gail and their two children moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where he taught physics at Oregon Institute of Technology until retiring in June 1998 with the honorary title of Emeritus Professor in Natural Sciences.
Bob loved to fish and hunt, and after retiring, he and Gail traveled the United States, Africa, Europe and Australia, hunting, fishing and sightseeing.
Bob is survived by Gail, his wife of 50 years; his son and daughter-in-law Darrel and Kelly Mitchell; his daughter and son-in-law Joanne and Scott Wallace; grandchildren Ryan Mitchell of Reno Nev., and Jack Mitchell, Garrett, Taylor, and Cori Wallace, all of Klamath Falls. He is also survived by his sister Judy Tagler of Jensen Beach, Fla., and sisters-in-law Barbara Huffman of Prineville, La., and Karen Jenson of Farmington, Utah, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant granddaughter, Molly Ann Mitchell.
A private burial was held at Mt. Laki Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a
. Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, directors, 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, Ore., was in charge of arrangements. 541-883-3458.
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on June 24, 2012