Kenneth D. Mitchell, Office Manager

May 06, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Kenneth David Mitchell, a retired office manager and World War II veteran, died Friday at a nursing home in Davis, Calif. The former longtime Idlewylde resident was 88.

Mr. Mitchell, who had moved to Davis five weeks ago, was born in Kelso, Wash. When he was an infant, he moved with his family to Mannasota Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

He was a 1938 graduate of City College and attended Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served with the 5th Air Force in Italy as a bombardier and navigator aboard B-24 Liberator bombers.

After the war, Mr. Mitchell remained in the Air Force Reserves and attained the rank of captain.

In the 1940s, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Johns Hopkins University and went to work for Langrall, a Baltimore accounting firm. He was office manager of the Roland Electric Co. from 1966 to his retirement in 1982.

A music lover, Mr. Mitchell played the piano, violin, mandolin, clarinet and the bass bugle.

A 32nd-degree Mason, he was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Boumi Temple; he played the bass bugle in the Boumi Temple's Drum and Bugle Corps for more than 25 years.

He had been a longtime communicant and member of the vestry of St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Baynesville.

Mr. Mitchell also enjoyed gardening.

Plans for a memorial gathering to be held in June were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Anita Glantz; two sons, Mark D. Mitchell of Parkville and Bruce S. Mitchell of Los Gatos, Calif.; a daughter Beth Mitchell of Davis; and seven grandchildren.

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