Gilbert Thomas "Tom" Mitchell

September 12, 1934November 25, 2018

Gilbert Thomas “Tom” Mitchell flew his final mission Nov. 25, 2018, departing from his little house on Jackson Prairie, destination Heaven’s Gate. He was born Sept. 12, 1934, to Albert “Ab” and Effie Mae (Bronston) Mitchell in Mountain View, Mo. He had an older brother, James “Jim” and a little sister, Ella Mae. After graduating from Morton High School at the age of 16, he traveled to California to work in the lumber industry until he was old enough to enlist in the military. He married Dorothy LeComte in Louisville Colo., June 6, 1954. They began their family in 1955. Tom retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force in 1989, after 37 proud years of service. He retired from the Carpenter’s Union #1707 out of Longview, Wash., in 1991. He shared his love of hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Tom enjoyed woodworking, playing music and checking things off his bucket list. He and Dorothy also enjoyed spoiling their four-legged kids, Griz, Lucky and Bittles. He was preceded in death by his mother; father; and brother. Tom is survived by “Sis” Ella Mae (Louis) Carbaugh; wife, Dorothy; five children, Dennis (Diana) Mitchell, Kevin (Kim) Mitchell, Debbie Johnson, Sheri (Fred) Hendricks and Vicki (Loren) Thiel; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Services are under the direction of Sticklin Funeral Chapel, Centralia Wash. There will be a visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 30, 2018. His body will be laid to rest at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at a graveside service at Doss Cemetery in Mossyrock, Wash. Memorials and/or donations may be made to the Lewis County Veteran’s Memorial Museum, Chehalis Washington.


  • Lewis County Veteran’s Memorial Museum


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gilbert Thomas "Tom" Mitchell

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Wendy Whatley Garner

November 29, 2018

My family, the Whatleys, moved to Mossyrock in 1971. The three Whatley girls and the 3 Mossyrock Mitchell girls were fairly close in age and quickly became friends. We were classmates, occasionally childhood advisaries, then friends again. Even though Tom and Dorothy had five kids of their own, they always accepted more kids into their home to eat, chat, or practice school cheers. TOM was always interested in your 'story'....always made you feel welcomed. He was amazing to me because it seemed he did EVERYTHING...flying planes, fishing, building, (hunting, and other gross stuff ;). During those 40 years, our families grew bigger and closer together than any of us could have IMAGINED, 40 years ago. God Blessed Tom so many times for so many years❤. Thank you, Tom and Dorothy Mitchell for extending your family to include us.