Dale Francis Mitchell, 72, St. Peters, Mo., died July 5, 2019, at the Garrison Memorial Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Garrison, with Father Charlie Heidt officiating. Inurnment will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Dale was born in Valley City on April 5, 1947, to George and Darlene Mitchell. The family lived in Eagle Bend, Minn., and then moved to Garrison in 1949. He graduated from Garrison High School in 1965 and then served with the First Air Cavalry in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He went to Minot State University and obtained an accounting degree in 1974.
After college, Dale met his future wife, Rita, when both worked as Department of Defense interns in Rock Island, Ill. They were married on Sept. 20, 1975, and made their home in the St. Louis area. They were married for 43 years and had three children and six grandchildren.
Dale stayed true to his North Dakota roots and loved everything about Garrison. He made regular trips back home to hunt, fish and visit family. He obsessed over the Vikings and Twins and rooted for Minnesota and North Dakota college teams. He bowled in a league for years. He also loved traveling and taking long cross-country road trips. He was strong-willed, fiercely loyal and devoted to his family.
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Dale is survived by his mother, Darlene (Kincade Mitchell) James; wife, Rita (Roth) Mitchell; daughters, Lisa (CJ) Schultz-Haskell and Heather (Dustin) Hayes; son, Geofrey (Elisha) Mitchell; grandchildren, Samantha Schultz, William Schultz, Thomas Schultz, Marie Hayes, Charlie Hayes, and Emily Hayes; and siblings, Sharon Luloff, Marilyn Grimsley, Diane Schauer, Richard Mitchell and Rosie Rader.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Mitchell; stepfather, Clifford James; and brother-in-law, Larry Schauer.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the N.D. Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Please visit www.garrisonthompson.com to sign the online guest book and share memories of Dale with his family.
(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)