August 6, 1934 ~ November 16, 2015
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thank you Dad... for helping me raise my boys...for never giving up on me...for your mercy and hope ... for leading by example ... for being strong and brave... for showing us the love of the Father... for loving our children more than us...for loving me like a daughter and not a daughter in-law...for the quick fill gas tank... for star filled skies in the desert... for fishing trips even though you would get seasick...for desert racing, baseball, and coaching my children...for the home movies... for adventures, for not leaving anyone behind, for all the second chances, for always feeling safe and taken care of... for believing in us... for the talking times... for being willing to love, to commit and to play.. for being willing to dare, to share, to encourage... for being willing to stand strong, to be patient, to hope, to give and receive, to believe, and to be my friend.
Thank you Grandpa... for being my first college roommate and teaching me how to always share mercy, kindness, and love with others...for all the soccer meets you drove me to, the faraway, all day, all weekend long events where you gave me your time and full attention... your coaching, tough love, and taking me to dinner, made me feel so incredibly loved and special...for always having time for me, no time was ever too busy for a round of golf, ping pong, or just to sit and visit even if it was nap time...for being a shining example of a good husband, father and grandpa... for giving me the standard for which I have chosen to measure my life against...for telling me to keep my eye on the ball.. for being my father, my coach, my rock...for being the most caring, generous and incredible example of character in my life...for showing us what it takes to make a marriage work ..for being an example I can strive for in my own life...Gramps for celebrating and announcing our name with very distinct syllables each time any of us came over... for making each one of us feel encouraged and special... for teaching me how to hug (like a man): pat, pat, grunt, pat...for your hugs and smiles and kisses... for your cottonwood cove shirt, solid on the top and mesh on the bottom...for the beach, for the river...for loving cats and dogs...for the baby burps, more like a flutter up the back than pat-pat-pat...for loving grandma so well.
Thank you Eddie my love for being my wonderful husband for 62 years. And for our wonderful family and friends which have filled our lives and hearts with overflowing blessings of love and joy!
We love you. Miss you. We will see you soon.
Charles Edward Mitchell was born in his home, on August 6, 1934, to the late William and Mayme Mitchell in Russellville, AK. He was the youngest of seven children, and adored by all. On November 16th, 2015, Eddie went home to be with his Savior , surrounded by loved ones.
Eddie attended Leuzinger High School where he met and married his high school sweetheart of 62 years. Rumor has it that Eddie dyed his hair blue in order to get Shirley to notice him! Eddie and Shirley have lived in Redondo Beach since 1955.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Shirley Mitchell and his big brother William Robert Mitchell, sister and brother in-laws Bobbie and Hank Camou, and sister in-law Darlene Proctor. As the bible says "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children are a reward from Him" : Eddie is survived and loved by four children, their spouses and foster son, Steven Mitchell, Cyndi Mitchell, Lorrie and Robert Mitchell, Douglas and Sherry Mitchell, and Daniel Underwood. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Jessie, Melissa and Jonas, Curry and Mary, Jennifer and Adam, Kelsey, Rebekah, Trisha, Jason and Amy, Aaron and Katie, Michael, David, and Morgan. His blessings were multiplied by his 9 great grandchildren, Mitchell, Baylee, Kai, Broden, Caeden, Rian, Owen, Casen, and Nora. He is also survived by many dear nieces, and nephews, and numerous friends that have been loved like family.
Eddie worked one to two jobs until he began his career with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Known as "Charlie" to his co-workers, he dedicated 37 years working his way up from blue collar to white, as a Lineman, Patrolman, Line Crew Foreman, and Safety services. He loved the challenges of working with high voltages at great heights and loved the comradely of his fellow crewmen. Some of the young men that worked under him, all those years ago, still talk about him with respect.
Eddie had a passion for baseball and coached his boy's teams for Central Redondo Little League during the 60's and 70's. Throughout the years Grandpa Charlie coached and supported every sport, event, or interest that his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved in.
Our Dad loved challenges and adventures. If he found something fun to do he would get people to join him. He enjoyed water skiing, fishing, wood working, golfing, dirt biking, and ping pong tournaments. Even in the last few months when his energy was lagging, he attacked his Sudoku with a fierce commitment.
The bible says "unless the Lord builds the house its builders build in vain". This man who is husband, dad, grandpa and friend, loved the Lord with a humble, thankful commitment. Jesus is his Savior and his friend. With his life he exemplified the Father's steadfast love and forgiving heart. He was a strong man and a humble servant of God who had put his hope and faith in Jesus Christ. We will miss him so very much and yet soon and very soon, we shall meet again!
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