Reverend Harold R. Mitchell
Resident of Cupertino
Joined his Lord and the choir of angels as he was peacefully lifted to his eternal home on August 20, 2010 at the age of 89.
Harold was born in New London, WI, on June 22, 1921 to Charles and Anna Mitchell. He was active in church and enjoyed many gatherings of family and friends. It was at a family gathering that he met the love of his life Glendola Tyrrell, his best friend's cousin. The relationship blossomed and they married on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943. They were married 65 years until Glendola's passing on September 1, 2009.
Harold volunteered and was accepted into the Army Air Corp. He served his country during WW II in the South Pacific and was a decorated 1st Lieutenant and an award-winning bombardier flying in the B-29 Superfortress.
Following his discharge from the military, Harold joined Aid Association for Lutherans and was a very successful insurance agent. However, he could not shake the unrelenting tug of God calling him into the ministry. He and Glendola, along with their two children, moved to Springfield, IL to begin five years of education at Concordia Theological Seminary.
Harold was ordained as a Lutheran pastor on October 30, 1955 at Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City, CA, where he served the congregation for five years. In 1960, he and Glendola, now with four children, moved to Ewa Beach, Oahu, HI where he served his parish at Messiah Lutheran Church for five years. In 1965, they moved to Sunnyvale, CA where he served at St. Luke Lutheran Church until his retirement in 1985. In 1990, he came out of retirement and began serving as the visitation pastor at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in San Jose, CA. He completed his ministry there and finally retired in 2005. In June 1998, he was granted title of Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke Lutheran Church having served 20 years as senior pastor. In September 1998, the Education Building on St. Luke's campus was named and dedicated in his honor.
Music filled his entire life as he sang in many choirs, including a barbershop quartet, and for solo performances. He ended many of his sermons with a song. His love for music was passed on to his family.
His 3 children, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews around the country survive him.
A Celebration of the Life of Reverend Harold R. Mitchell will be presented at 11 AM on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sunnyvale. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church in memory of Reverend Harold R. Mitchell.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 26, 2010.