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John Joseph Mitchell

December 29, 1950 ~ January 20, 2020 (age 69)

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John Joseph Mitchell
January 20, 2020
John Joseph Mitchell, 69, entered into the arms of Jesus on January 20, 2020, after a 16-month battle with lung cancer.
John was born December 29, 1950 in Pottsville, Pa. to the late John and Anna (Sauers) Mitchell.  He was a lifelong community servant, serving as a member of the Yorkville Hose Fire Co., the United States Army and the Pennsylvania State Police.
John believed in hard work and his dedication to his career reflected that.  He began his training as a fireman early when he set his basement on fire so that he could serve as a first responder.  He continued to excel, earning the rank of Captain and becoming the Fire Marshall of the state of Pennsylvania and working on countless investigations with the Pennsylvania State Police.  He was loved and respected by everyone who worked for and with him during his 24-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police.
The only thing more important to John than hard work and his career was his family.  While his list of accomplishments is many, he considered his daughters, Emily and Becky, to be his greatest accomplishment.
Preceding him in death was a brother, Francis Mitchell, Pottsville and his father-in-law and best friend, Ledyard Thompson, Pine Grove.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Eileen (Thompson), two daughters, Emily and husband Joshua Kocher, Becky and husband Jeremy Allen (who regularly consulted John on projects); grandchildren Alivia, Jay and Senbetu Kocher, Elijah, Kaitlyn and Madison Allen (who will always consider their "Paps" the greatest comedian they ever knew); a brother Joseph Mitchell and sister Sue Mengle, both of Pottsville.
At John's request, no services will be held.
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