Douglas E. Mitchell, 86, Jamestown, died April 12, 2018, at Ave Maria Village in Jamestown.
Douglas was born April 25, 1931, to Bryan and Jessie (Hoyt) Mitchell in Courtenay. He was raised on a farm in Courtenay and graduated from high school in 1950. After high school he worked for a short time at the Jamestown Coca-Cola plant and attended Wahpeton School of Science where he became a skilled welder. Doug began practicing his profession at Fargo Tank Company from 1951 to 1952. He enlisted in the United States Army on May 21, 1952. After his service, Doug was honorably discharged May 7, 1954.
Doug married Adeline Steiner in Mott on Oct. 11, 1954, at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church. They made their home in Spring Lake Park, Minn., where he worked for the Northern Pump Company as a lay out man, working on weaponry of America’s battleships. In 1965, he was hired by Raygo Manufacturing in Osseo, Minn., building heavy road equipment. He was hired because of his good work attitude, mechanical skills, and ability to follow through on a job. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada as a field representative repairing the vibratory rollers and other machines the company came to be known for. So good was the reputation and quality of the Raygo line of products, that they were acquired by the Caterpillar Company where he continued his trade until he retired in 1994. Retirement brought him and Adeline to Jamestown to enjoy the slower pace of the area near where he grew up.
Doug enjoyed deer hunting and fishing in both Minnesota and North Dakota with his oldest son, Marvin. They never missed a season of hunting and the freezer was always full of venison, which they processed together with Adeline’s help, support, and direction. In a book entitled “The Lean-To-Boys of Bigfork, Minnesota,” a chapter is devoted to his experiences hunting deer in 1959 with the boys during “one cold year!”
Doug was actively involved in his sons’ scouting activities and took pride in each attaining the rank of Eagle. He was also proud of his son, Norman’s dedication, devotion, and accomplishments as a Minnesota State High School Wrestling Champion and as a recipient of a University athletic scholarship.
Doug is survived by his wife of 63 years, Adeline, who passed away April 16, 2018; son, Marvin (Mary) Mitchell, Renton, Wash., and son, Norman (Nancy) Mitchell, St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryan and Jessie (Hoyt) Mitchell; sister, Anita Monson; and brother, Abner Mitchell.
Adeline “Addie” R. Mitchell, 84, Jamestown, died April 16, 2018, at Ave Maria Village in Jamestown.
Adeline Regina Steiner was born May 24, 1933, to Joseph and Magdalena Steiner. She was raised on a family farm 10 miles north of Mott. She went to country grade school and graduated from Bowman High School in 1951 in Bowman. She attended Interstate Business College in Fargo for a year and then worked at various office jobs in Fargo.
Adeline married Douglas Mitchell in Mott at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church on Oct. 11, 1954. They made their home in Spring Lake Park, Minn., and in 1994 retired to Jamestown, where they resided until they moved into the Heritage Centre.
Adeline was a devoted wife and mother. She is survived by sons, Marvin (Mary), Renton, Wash., and Norman (Nancy), St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Agnes Koemstedt, Tillamook, Ore., Tina Rixen (Ray), New England; and brother, Mike (Aggie) Steiner, Helena, Mont.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Magdalena Steiner; husband, Douglas Mitchell; eight brothers, Leonard, Sam, Robert, Anton, Adam, Joseph, Valentine, and Lee; and three sisters, Margaret Dauenhauer, Emila Hirsch, and Martha Karls.
Adeline was the youngest of fifteen children and was loved and spoiled by her brothers and sisters! We will miss her smile, kindness, and gentleness. We love you Mom!
Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. today at the Good Shepherd Chapel, Ave Maria Village, Jamestown, with Fr. Robert Keller officiating.
Visitation: One hour prior to the Mass.
Interment for Adeline: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sunnyslope Cemetery in Mott.
Interment for Douglas: 3 p.m. today at the North Dakota’s Veteran Cemetery, Mandan.