Funeral services for Donald L. Mitchell will be 10:00 AM Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Church of the Nazarene in Butler, Missouri with Pastor John Prichard officiating. Visitation Thursday evening, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009). Burial to follow services in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Jesus Film Ministry of the Wesleyan Church, or to Heartland Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Reverend Donald Leon Mitchell, age 83, Butler, Missouri, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Don was born June 26, 1930 in Englevale, Kansas to Chester and Oma (Stroud) Mitchell, growing up in Southeast Kansas and graduating from Arma High School in 1948 and Friends University, Wichita, Ks in 1960.
Don and Mary Jane (Smith) Mitchell were united in marriage on September 12, 1948. They celebrated 65 years of marriage with family and friends in September of this year. She survives in their home.
Don enjoyed spending time with family and looked forward to holiday dinners with everyone gathered around the table. Many times dinner was followed by games of Rook, watching sports on TV or just visiting. He loved fishing, gardening and June family reunions at Table Rock Lake where he had the privilege of dedicating his great-grandchildren to the Lord. His favorite vacation destination was Colorado.
Don began his ministry in 1960. He was an ordained elder in the Kansas District of the Wesleyan Church and he and Mary Jane pastored churches in Kansas, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska. He also served as a personal evangelist for two years. His passion was winning souls for Jesus. After his retirement in 1994, they moved to Ottawa, Kansas where he served in various capacities for the public school system and visitation pastor for Cherry Street Wesleyan Church. He then felt a call to move to Warsaw, MO and eventually Butler, MO where they have ministered in the Nazarene church and he served as chaplain for the Bates County Memorial Hospital.
He leaves a legacy to his surviving family, four sons and their wives: Larry and Marcia Mitchell, Shell Knob, Missouri, Timothy and Marcia Mitchell, Ottawa, Kansas, Michael Mitchell and Denise Bury, Lees Summit, Missouri and Ronald and Glenda Mitchell of Knoxville, Tennessee. Also surviving Don are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, his sister Veroma Bailey, sister-in-law Carol Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack Mitchell. Don was a dedicated husband to his “sweetheart” Mary Jane. We have all been blessed to call him Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend. His unwavering love will always be cherished and never forgotten.