Mitchell, William S. age 93, of Bloomington, Minnesota passed away on December 3, 2012. He is predeceased by his parents, Norman and Louise Mitchell, brothers, Norman and Donald, and grandson. Andrew. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jean L. Mitchell; five children, Janet, W. Stuart (Anne Cheney), Martha Anderson (Renner), Don (Barb Staub) and Andy (Joanie) and 12 grandchildren. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he was an eagle scout and a graduate of West High School. He also graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1940. After graduating, he took a job with Westinghouse and moved to Sharon, Pennsylvania. He and Jean Loper (also a graduate of West High and the U of M) were married on August 12, 1941. Although Bill had a job that would have exempted him from service, he chose to enlist in the Navy and served as an officer in the Pacific during the later stages of WWII. After the war, he and Jean returned to Minneapolis, eventually settling in the Minnetonka/Wayzata area. He was a long time, active member of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and volunteered in a variety of ways, not only for the church, but also by tutoring, installing lifelines, and delivering meals-on- wheels. He was recognized as a WCCO Good Neighbor. A principled, generous and appreciative man, he will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his kindness and his unfailing sense of gratitude. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., in the Friendship Hall at Friendship Village, 8100 Highwood Dr, Bloomington, MN 55438. Memorials preferred to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church or Friendship Village.
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Published in Star Tribune from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2012