Ivan Arthur Mitchell
1939 - 2020
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Ivan Arthur Mitchell

New Philadelphia - Ivan Arthur Mitchell, age 81, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, while in his residence under the care of Community Hospice.

Born on January 27, 1939, at Glenford, Ohio, Art was a son of the late Ivan W. and Mary Loughman Mitchell.

He was a 1957 graduate of Glenford High School where he was the Captain of the Golden Horde Basketball Team, played first chair trombone and served as the President of his class. After going to work on the railroad as a telegraph operator; he then joined the Navy and served as a Radarman aboard the USS Lexington where made several lifelong friends and saw the world. Upon his discharge, Art attended photography school in New York City where he met and married his first wife, Betty Beck. The couple relocated to Newark, Ohio and Art ultimately worked for various photography studios. In 1973, he purchased Stropky Photography and renamed the business, Mitchell's Studio. In 1981, Art hung up his camera professionally and began retirement life. Never one to sit for long, Art soon joined the sales team of Williams Toyota Lift at East Sparta. He also maintained several rental properties which he has kept to this day.

Among his passions in life, Art loved sailing, whether he was on Atwood Lake or living on a sailboat in the Florida Keys and The Bahamas. He loved being on the open water. He maintained a love for photography having had the opportunity to travel and photograph over 54 countries and 49 states during his lifetime. He also had a great love for American and World History.

Art was a fun loving, caring, individual who had a great passion for life. The world never left him for a lack of words or an audience in which to share his adventures and stories. He loved being around his family and those who got to know him and appreciate his one-of-a-kind sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, the former Rebecca Haufe whom he married on January 17,1992, his daughters, Mary (Jeff) Long of Tuscarawas and Susan (Andrew) Liptak of Green; his step-children, Rebecca (David) Morrison of Akron and Terry Bloom of Streetsboro; his grandchildren, Shane, Austin and Lauren Long, Ashley, Holly, and Emily Liptak, his step-grandchildren, Trinity, Victoria, Isaac and Isaiah Morrison; a sister, Eva May (Jack) Rhodes of Somerset, Ohio, and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Mitchell of Gratiot Ohio as well as his nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and long-time friends.

In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by a brother Clifford Mitchell.

The family will greet guests on Monday, November 23, 2020, from 1-4 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Scot Caley will lead a service celebrating Art's life at 4 PM in the funeral home's chapel. Military honors will be rendered immediately following by the Carl C. Stoller Post 1445 of the New Philadelphia VFW.

At this time, the six-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the funeral home. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors do not linger in the funeral home and to promptly exit the building after greeting the family.

Memorial contributions in Art's name may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8516 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.

Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Art by visiting the funeral home's website at www.GeibCares.com.




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Published in Times Recorder from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
I always loved listening to Art’s stories. He was an amazing photographer and a great man. I will miss his smiling face and wonderful sense of humor and will always cherish my wedding photos and daughter’s photos he created. May God wrap his loving arms around Becky and Art’s family during this difficult time and comfort you and give you peace.
Karen Stull Nelms
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November 22, 2020
Sorry for your loss! He will be missed at the Methodist church too!❤❤
Debbie Corwin
Friend
November 21, 2020
I remember watching Art sail Cheetah on Atwood Lake like the other sailboats were standing still. Sail on Art!
Another Captain
November 21, 2020
TO BECKY AND FAMILY, ART, was my best friend thru my/our school and high school years. We worked together through our high school years at the Dairy Queen in Newark,Oh and did many things together and most of the time got in trouble . As life controls us after graduation we drifted somewhat apart . and only got to see each other occasionally. But I have told my family ,kids, and friends, many stories about fond memories , Art and I enjoyed in our young life and trouble we got into . All though we could not enjoy our later life together, I consider us to be the best of friends always , and will miss him as i know you will. You are in our prayers and we ask our GOD ,Father, Lord, and Savior to take care of, Art Mitchell , my best friend . Joe& Donna Gutridge
JOSEPH GUTRIDGE
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November 21, 2020
Becky and Family, Gary and I will be keeping you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time. Art was a very special co-worker and friend at Williams Toyota. We always remember the great stories he told at the annual Christmas Parties. God bless you all.
Carol and Gary Meininger
Coworker
November 21, 2020
Mitchell Family
My deepest sympathy
Paul Haver
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November 20, 2020
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