Samuel Dawson Mitchell
Samuel Dawson Mitchell, 83, 28 year resident of Wenatchee, WA, beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend of so many, passed away on February 4, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA, due to natural causes. He was born in 1930 in Carnegie, OK. Sam joined the Navy in 1948, and served our country honorably for 20 years. He was a Master Chief Electrician’s Mate and served on the USS Volador submarine. Sam and Lorna attended yearly submarine crew mate reunions through last year. On January 1, 1976, Sam married the love of his life, Lorna McNeill, and were married for 38 years. They had that special relationship people truly in love have.
Sam enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Fishing and camping with grandchildren was a highlight in his life and theirs. Sam was an incredible “jack of all trades” who could do electrical, plumbing, roofing, and any task needing to be done. However, he did admit that he simply did not like painting. He always shared his knowledge with his family and friends and was a mentor to many.
Sam loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was loved in return due to his respectful and loving way of teaching and nurturing them. His family values of integrity and yearning to learn are admired and will be carried on with respect and dignity.
Sam is survived by his wife, Lorna Mitchell; three children: Lynn Stemkoski and husband, Jim of Battle Ground, WA; Sharon McNeill-Ackaert and husband, Tony of Port Orchard, WA; and Mike McNeill and Pam of Sequim, WA; four grandchildren: Dan Stemkoski and wife, Breezy of Fife, WA, Katie Howard and Brady of Wenatchee, WA, Jennifer McNeill of Tacoma, WA, and Michelle McNeill of Sequim, WA; seven great-grandchildren: Dawson, Mariah, Dominic, Patricia, Michael, Jonathon, and Nevaeh; seven brothers and sisters; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Sam’s Life will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Relay For Life “Sam’s Team” in care of Key Bank, 102 S. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee WA 98801. Donations will be greatly appreciated by Sam and his family.