Dr. John A Mitchell

May 7, 1938 ~ September 27, 2020 (age 82)


Dr. John A. Mitchell, age 82 of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.  
He was born on May 7, 1938 to the late Eugene and Margurite (Barnett) Mitchell in Defiance, Ohio. On June 24, 1958 he married Vivian Ruth (Gallant) Mitchell, who preceded him in death on October 21, 2016. 

John was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Defiance, and sang in the church choir with his big booming bass voice for over 50 years. He was a member of Defiance Rotary, Defiance Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge #147, and Defiance Eagles #372. He sang with the Northwesternaires, and at the annual Messiah concert at The Defiance College. John worked for Mercy Defiance Clinic as a Radiologist until his retirement at the age of 72. John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devout Christian and he loved his church family. John was the nicest guy you would ever meet.
John will be sadly missed by his children: John G. (Kimberly) Mitchell of Columbus, OH, Deena Lynne (Philip) Karnes of Defiance, and Julianna R. Kunesh of Defiance. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren; Eric (Kristin) Shannon, Jennifer Davis, Matthew (Rachel) Mitchell, Codi (Joe) Hildebrandt, Jessica (Dustin) Flowers,  Phillip (Heather) Mitchell, Janelle (Rick) Duma, Benjamin (Lacey) Mitchell, and Luke Mitchell, and 20 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother, Ed (Linda) Mitchell of Yuma, AZ, his sister, Barbara McEwen of Palm Dessert, CA, and brother-in-law, J. Edward Gallant of Seattle, WA..
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Vivian Mitchell, his brother Robert Mitchell, and his sister Rita Baggan.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church in Defiance. A funeral service will follow at 12: 00 noon at the church, with Pastor Ann Wasson officiating. Due to the recent pandemic, masks and social distancing are required.

Burial will be held for immediate family members at a later date at Riverside Cemetery. Schaffer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
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October 13, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
501 Washington Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
October 13, 2020

12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
501 Washington Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512


First Presbyterian Church Defiance
501 Washington Ave Defiance, OH 43512,
Tel: 419-782-2781

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