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ROA Past National President Dies at 79

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, January 8, 2018

Brig Gen Samuel P. Mitchell, Jr. USAF (Ret), 79, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at the North Kansas City Hospital.  Samuel was born August 10, 1938 to Samuel P. and Blanche (Pettigrew) Mitchell, Sr. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He is survived by his loving wife, June Mitchell; two children: Samuel Mitchell III (Tonya); and Leland Mitchell (Michelle).


Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway, Liberty, Missouri 64068.  The Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the church.  A Committal service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kansas.


General Mitchell became a life member of ROA in 1970 and since that time provided outstanding leadership for our members at all levels of the organization. He was a Past National President and a Past Chairman of the National Membership Committee.  During his term as National President in 1989, he had a lead role in renovating the Minuteman Memorial Building. In recognition of his membership committee leadership the Samuel Mitchell Membership Award was created. His service also includes various terms on the following National committees: ROTC, National Meetings, ad hoc Website Editorial Board and ad hoc 75th Anniversary.  He was a charter member of the ROA Stars Foundation Pershing Society, joining at the Minuteman $1000 annual giving level of participation. In 2016 ROA presented him with the Harry S Truman Award recognizing his dedicated service. Until his death, the General served ROA in a leadership role as a member of the National Board of Trustees and as a member of the National Resource Development Committee.


He served the Department of Missouri as President and was currently Chairman and Trustee of the Charitable Contingency Trust Fund. Paralleling his National level activity, he Chaired the Missouri Membership committee for the past three decades. 


General Mitchell also voluntarily served his community as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer since 1972.  In this role he sponsored and mentored 139 Air Force Cadets into the academy or ROTC programs.  Once they were in the program he continued his mentorship throughout their military careers. In his civilian career he was a commercial airline pilot with Transworld Airline.


Notably, General Mitchell was an American Patriot who was extremely generous and unselfishly gave his leadership skills and significant financial contributions to all the organizations he supported.  His leadership, mentorship and friendship will be sorely missed by everyone who followed him.


Read his Air Force biography.

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