Frederick Mitchell

Obituary of Frederick Mitchell

December 20, 2019 Fred Mitchell, 95, of Scranton, died Friday evening surrounded by his loving family. His wife Esther preceded him in death in 2003. Born in Scranton he was the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Mitchell. He was a member of Hickory Street Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Central High School in 1942, Fred also graduated from the University of Scranton in 1956 with cum laude honors. After graduating from Central High School, Fred entered the Army and served in the Pacific Campaign during WWII. Fred was a member of the Anti-Tank Company in the 129th Infantry of the 37th Division and reached the rank of platoon sergeant. Before his honorable discharge in 1945, Fred was decorated with several medals including, the victory medal, the good conduct medal, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, the Philippine Liberation medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre with two Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, the combat infantryman badge, and a Bronze start with Oak Leaf Cluster. Fred spent his entire professional career with Haddon Craftsmen where he held numerous positions. He was awarded Printing Man of the Year in 1977 by the Graphic Arts Club of Northeast Pennsylvania before retiring in 1989. Fred was also a member of Unico National’s Scranton Chapter where he received the Unican of the Year Award in 2002. Fred also enjoyed spending his summers at Lake Ariel surrounded by friends and family. Fred is survived by his daughter Joan Mitchell and husband, Charles Fernandes, of Lititz; his daughter-in-law Lynn Mitchell, of Jessup; his grandchildren Freddie and Katie Mitchell, of Jessup; stepchildren Pat Mellen, of Jefferson Township; Paul Walsh, of Scranton; many step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Esther, Fred was preceded in death by his son Fred J. Mitchell, his brother Edward Mitchell and his parents Fred and Elizabeth Mitchell. A celebration of Fred’s life while be held by Rev. David S. Brague at Hickory Street Presbyterian Church on 435 Hickory Street, Scranton PA this Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 10:00am. Friends and family may call at Louis M Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church Street, Jessup, PA 18434, on Thursday, December 26th, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans at dav.org or Veterans of Foreign Wars at vfw.org For online condolences go to . www.margottafuneralhomes.com.”
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