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Delbert P. Mitchell

Delbert P. Mitchell

June 23, 1923 - Sept. 11, 2008

GRANITE FALLS -- Delbert Phillip Mitchell, 85, of Granite Falls, died Thursday at Granite Falls Hospital.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Montevideo. Burial with military honors will be at Doncaster Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church. Arrangements are by Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.

He was born June 23, 1923, near Winfred, S.D., to John and Anna (Eller) Mitchell. He grew up on a farm near Winfred, received his education there and moved to Minnesota as a young man.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II until 1946. He was trained in welding and served as a member of the 1628th Combat Engineer Division. He deployed in the Pacific theater including Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Lyete, Luzon, Philippines, Fuji Islands, Japan and Korea, which was occupied by Japan and later taken over by the United States.

He married Jean Johnson on Feb. 20, 1949, in Granite Falls. They farmed in Stony Run Township until their retirement in 1985.

He is survived by his wife; children: Richard (and Linda) of Montevideo, Mark (and Lorrie) of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Brenda (and Dan) Oleson of Montevideo; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; five sisters: Charlene Kendal of Coffeeville, Okla., Lorene Kidder and Mary Rhodes, both of Richland, Wash.; Beverly Sievers of Sioux Falls, S.D. ,and Betty Long of Viborg, S.D.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, two brothers and three sisters.