Jeffrey "Jeff" James Mitchell, age 65, of Wasilla, Alaska, formerly of East Smithfield, went to be with his father, Frank Mitchell, on July 1, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska, after a lingering illness.
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He was born on March 28, 1949 in Sayre, Pa., a son of Frank and Marion Adams Mitchell.
Jeff had spent the last 35 years in his beloved Alaska doing construction work, living in Homer for a time and finally settling in Wasilla. He loved the outdoors, animals, and his family. He also loved showing Alaska to anyone who made the trek "up north." He was often visited by moose in his yard and on his deck during the winters and sent many pictures as proof.
He graduated from SRU High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. He enjoyed joining his family at his father's ship's reunions at various locations across the country. He had a talent for playing pranks on people and was always able to bring a smile to one's face. He was a simple man and didn't require a lot to be happy in his life.
He is predeceased by his father Frank Mitchell in April, 2007.
Jeff is survived by his son Zac (Grace) Runyan; and grandkids Nakia and Jameson Runyan of Seattle, Wash.; daughter Seneca Runyan and grandson Rhett Bivens from Okla.; his mother Marion Mitchell of East Smithfield, Pa.; siblings Nancy (Jack Felicita) Mitchell of East Smithfield, Pa., Cedric (Karen) Mitchell of Sacramento, Calif,, and Pam Mitchell of East Smithfield, Pa., niece Dana (Tom) Beyer and TJ of Wyalusing, Pa.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, many special friends, wonderful family and friends Rick and Kathy Gerould of Alaska, Jeff Fridley of Alaska, and Rose and Lilly from Alaska, whose sacrifices were invaluable and greatly appreciated.
At Jeff's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial will be held at a later date at the family's convenience and will be posted in a future edition of the newspaper. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in Jeff's memory to the: Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.
(For those wishing to sign the E-guestbook and send condolences, or view memorial blankets or tapestries may do so by visiting www.loweryfuneralhome.com.)
Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc.
225 S. Main Street
Athens, PA 18810
Published in Daily Review on July 6, 2014