James Frank Mitchell
January 30, 1938 ‒ August 21, 2018
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio
Jim Mitchell worked and played hard. “Mitch” as he was known to his friends enjoyed a productive professional career balanced with a rich social life. His many interests connected him to a large circle of family and friends.
Jim was born in Mansfield at 5:03 a.m. on 30 January 1938 to Leona and Paul Mitchell. It must have been a long and hard delivery, because the doctor forgot to record Jim’s birth weight.
Jim graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1956. He graduated from Ohio University with a Fine Arts Degree in Architecture in 1962. His home was filled with many of his abstract paintings, sculptures and metal work. For nearly forty years, he was a respected architect, colleague, and mentor working at several firms in the Mansfield and Toledo areas. While at M.K.C. in Mansfield, Jim rose to managing partner, a job he loved. Jim’s focus was public projects – schools, libraries, government buildings, and YMCAs – places where people could gather to work, learn and play. He served as a consultant to the Ohio Historical Society during the Celeste Administration. He did not pursue residential work, but did design one home for a dear aunt.
Jim had a busy social life filled with many interests weaved among friends and family. He skied at Snow Trails and played racquetball at the YMCA. He joined golf leagues everywhere he lived. He took golf vacations with old and new friends in Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina and always ending at the 19th hole. With family and friends, he liked to fish on Lake Erie and on the coast of North Carolina usually reeling in a good story. When sailing on the Great Lakes or the Chesapeake Bay, his group found adventure.
A family tradition, dad developed advanced woodworking skills. His many pieces adorn his home and the homes of his children. Through his encouragement, he helped pass this interest on from his grandfather to his nephew.
Throughout life, Jim loved to learn. He was an avid reader of history. He enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. He enjoyed meals and drinks with friends at local hangouts discussing current events and common interests. Jim especially enjoyed family and school reunions treasuring these times to catch up with family and friends.
Jim died on the 21 August 2018 at the Northwest Ohio Hospice after a brave, six-week fight with cancer. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Leona Mitchell and his sister, Paula Spangler.
Jim is survived by his son, Kelly Mitchell and his wife Jennifer and their daughters Meghan and Kristen of Lubbock, Texas and his daughter Traci Mitchell Mills and her daughter Oliva of Columbus. His younger brother, John C. Mitchell and his wife, Martha of St. Louis and their children Cliff Mitchell and Kelsey Mitchell Hogarty and her husband Sean. His brother-in-law, James Spangler of Gibson City, Illinois and his two sons, Mark (Ann) Spangler and Todd (Kelly) Spangler and their respective children. Cousins MaryAnn Andreas and Ted Mitchell. His aunt Janet Frank and his cousins Chriss (John) Harris and Steve (Shelley) Frank, Mimi (Jim) Stahlahber, Deanna Kreager, Sharon Frank, MaryAnn (Paul) Andreas, the extended Mitchell and Frank families, and many dear friends.
We will celebrate Jim at on Saturday, 15 September at the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Friends may visit from 9 am to 10 am, and thereafter a time of remembrance and sharing will be held at 10 am. Following this time, Jim will be buried in the family plot of the Mansfield Cemetery. His brother John will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift to a charity that is meaningful to you.
Online condolences or remembrances may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.