Ivan Arthur "Art" Mitchell

January 27, 1939 - November 18, 2020
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Ivan Arthur Mitchell, age 81, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, while in his residence under the care of Community Hospice.

Born on January 27, 1939, at Glenford, Ohio, Art was a son of the late Ivan W. and Mary Loughman Mitchell.

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Ivan Arthur Mitchell, age 81, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, while in his residence under the care of Community Hospice.

Born on January 27, 1939, at Glenford, Ohio, Art was a son of the late Ivan W. and Mary Loughman Mitchell.

He was a 1957 graduate of Glenford High School where he was the Captain of the Golden Horde Basketball Team, played first chair trombone and served as the President of his class. After going to work on the railroad as a telegraph operator; he then joined the Navy and served as a Radarman aboard the USS Lexington where he made several lifelong friends and saw the world. Upon his discharge, Art attended photography school in New York City where he met and married his first wife, Betty Beck. The couple relocated to Newark, Ohio and Art ultimately worked for various photography studios. In 1973, he purchased Stropky Photography and renamed the business, Mitchell’s Studio. In 1981, Art hung up his camera professionally and began retirement life. Never one to sit for long, Art soon joined the sales team of Williams Toyota Lift at East Sparta. He also maintained several rental properties which he has kept to this day.

Among his passions in life, Art loved sailing, whether he was on Atwood Lake or living on a sailboat in the Florida Keys and The Bahamas. He loved being on the open water. He maintained a love for photography having had the opportunity to travel and photograph over 54 countries and 49 states during his lifetime. He also had a great love for American and World History.

Art was a fun loving, caring, individual who had a great passion for life. The world never left him for a lack of words or an audience in which to share his adventures and stories. He loved being around his family and those who got to know him and appreciate his one-of-a-kind sense of humor.

Surviving are his wife, the former Rebecca Haufe whom he married on January 17,1992, his daughters, Mary (Jeff) Long of Tuscarawas and Susan (Andrew) Liptak of Green; his step-children, Rebecca (David) Morrison of Akron and Terry Bloom of Streetsboro; his grandchildren, Shane, Austin and Lauren Long, Ashley, Holly, and Emily Liptak, his step-grandchildren, Trinity, Victoria, Isaac and Isaiah Morrison; a sister, Eva May (Jack) Rhodes of Somerset, Ohio, and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Mitchell of Gratiot Ohio as well as his nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and long-time friends.

In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by a brother Clifford Mitchell.

The family will greet guests on Monday, November 23, 2020, from 1-4 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Scot Caley will lead a service celebrating Art’s life at 4 PM in the funeral home’s chapel. Military honors will be rendered immediately following by the Carl C. Stoller Post 1445 of the New Philadelphia VFW.

At this time, the six-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the funeral home. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors do not linger in the funeral home and to promptly exit the building after greeting the family.

Memorial contributions in Art’s name may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8516 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.

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Date: Monday, November 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

At this time, the six-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the funeral home. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors do not linger in the funeral home and to promptly exit the building after greeting the family.


Service Information

Date: Monday, November 23, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758516
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516
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Shriners Hospitals for Children

2900 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
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Born: January 27, 1939
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Cindy Shilling posted on 11/25/20

Becky and Family, we were so sorry to hear about Art, and we send our most sincere sympathies. We have so very many wonderful and cherished memories sailing the Cheetah at Atwood Lake, transporting sailboats to Florida, photography/Senior pictures, which is just a surface-scraping to name a few. May God give you a peace that passes all understanding. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless, The Larry Shilling Family

 

Angela M Lemasters posted on 11/24/20

Sorry to hear of Art's passing. He was one of my favorite patients while working at Dr. Dixon's office. Sincere condolences to Becky and the family. Angie?

 

Rodger Stewart and Debbie. posted on 11/23/20

Susie. and Mary , my deepest sympathies in the loss of your father. Sending love as you go through this difficult time.

 

The Doyle Bolyard Family posted on 11/23/20

Sending you love and care Becky. Art was our dear friend. He was a true Buddy as we had long chats with much laughter. We loved him dearly. Cherished memories !

 

Mark Pozzi posted on 11/22/20

Art Mitchell volunteered the time and effort to teach me fundamentals of photography when I was a student on the Delphian yearbook staff at NPHS. He not only explained the how and why, but provided opportunities to practice, often with his equipment, and then critique results in a positive way. Those skills have been essential to my success as a safety engineer for the DOT and NASA, and in my career as a forensic scientist. He was not only a highly skilled photographer, but more importantly was a kind, generous person. My condolences to his family.

 

Larry McBride posted on 11/22/20

Becky, Mary, Susie and extended family, our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Art, also to all that knew him and were part of his ever expanding family. Words are totally inadequate in expressing how this man impacted lives. I will be eternally grateful for what he did for us and with us. Love, gratitude & admiration Art, and a hearty handshake.... Larry and Jan McBride

 

KEVIN B. PETITTE posted on 11/21/20

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE MITCHELL FAMILY. ART, I THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME THE PHOTOGRAPHER I AM TODAY! SMILE!

 

Larry l. Mitchell posted on 11/21/20

I was lucky enough to be his first cousin, a classmate at Glenford H.S. & life long friend. In the 1940 era our big day was Christmas at grandparent house on the farm with our cousins. If we had snow enjoyed a sled ride down the hill - Norman Rockwell example of small town America. Art had the ability to be a great storyteller with a sense of humor. From California to Ohio on family reunions Art made the trip more enjoyable. Most recently we made a point of talking on the phone couple times a year. Those phone calls were like a trip to my childhood in Ohio without the travel hassles. Best wishes to Rebecca,daughters Mary & Susan, sister Eva Mae & all grandchildren. He was one of a kind & special to me. I feel lost without my friend to call. lol to all.

 

Ruth J. ZImmerly posted on 11/21/20

Thoughts and Prayers for family members.

 

Ruth J. ZImmerly posted on 11/21/20

Our deepest condolences go to Arts family. We remember him with fondness. We had many fun outings with Art and shared funny stories. He will be missed by many of his friends of the Presbyterian Church.

 

Valerie Myers posted on 11/21/20

Dear Mary and families... So sorry to hear of you Dad passing. We always enjoyed catching up to him and discuss his journeys. He was unite a character and had his own ornery way to make you smile. When he did our wedding photo (May of 78) he did an overlay. The wedding was held at Schoenbrunn and he put our photo inset over a tree with poison ivy all around us. He chuckled and said appropriate wedding backdrop! We actually moved our wedding date for his schedule. He definitely had an outstanding personality! We have you in our thoughts. Love and prayers, Val and Greg Myers

 

Shawn Chambers posted on 11/21/20

Art hired me about 3 years ago as a handyman for his properties and it was always a treat to get to hear his stories and his perspective on any topic. A soldier to the end the last time we talked was after the first presidential debate,I asked him if he was ok and he said he assured me he was fine. Sadly missed sir!

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 11/21/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Ivan Artur Mitchell, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Navy Veteran, Ivan Arthur Mitchell, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Tina DeVecka posted on 11/20/20

Prayers for the family. Art was our landlord when we rented an apartment off of him around 1991. He was a nice landlord and every time we would see him around he woukd stop and talk. Dan and Tina DeVecka

 

Twila Gordon Paradis posted on 11/20/20

To Art's family, I attended school with Art at Glenford High School. I've often wondered what happened after graduation and can see he was a busy man. He was much loved in school and had a way of making the other band members laugh on our bus rides to parades, etc, I am so sorry for your loss and the loss to everyone who knew him. He was such a kind and friendly young man who God has reached out to hold him in hisa arms. May he RIP.

 

Mark Montgomery posted on 11/20/20

Mary and Susie: I have a lot of good memories with your Dad. He was a very interesting and fine gentleman whom I admired. I remember when he gave me my 1st jazz album and invited me over to play in jam session where we rehearsed the song “Arts Blues”. I still have it. My condolences to you and your family. ,

 

KAY AND BUD WEISEN posted on 11/20/20

Becky, Mary and Suzie et all. His sails are unfurled and the wind is perfect. Our trips with Art on Catamarans in the Bahamas were a unique experience for Bud and I. I KNOW YOU HAVE MANY MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES WITH THIS WONDERFUL MAN..

 

Louise Harris posted on 11/20/20

Sincere sympathy. God bless.

 

Steve & Ellen Seabrook posted on 11/20/20

We are so sorry to hear of Art’s passing We always enjoyed talking to him at church He will be missed

 

Brenda & Linda Sanders posted on 11/20/20

The Sanders Twins' along with the entire North Panola Middle School Staff in Como, MS, extend our condolences to our sister, teammate, and friend, Ms. Lauren Long, for the loss of her grandfather. We want you and your family to know that our prayers are with you and we love you deeply. Just know that we are always here for you and will be here to support you through this difficult time.

 

Monica Beck posted on 11/20/20

My deepest condolences to the family. May God bless all of you. May all memories bring you peace

 

Bob & Bonnie Gribble posted on 11/20/20

Our deepest condolences for all of Art's family. Though we've only known him through Mary and Susie sharing Facebook photos the memories shared by all his family will be everlasting as will the love. Prayers for all of you.

 

Clint posted on 11/20/20

Wow, so many great memories with this guy! Trips to Oshkosh and Annapolis and dragging his day sailer down to Key West. Never a dull moment and laughing the whole way. Heaven just got a lot more exciting. You were a good man Art and always a friend. God bless you.

 

Elizabeth Stephenson posted on 11/20/20

He will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with the family.

 

Mark Kelley posted on 11/19/20

I have the fondest memories of Art from my childhood. He was a great friend of my Dad's and we all thought he was just great. I still think about camping together at Atwood Lake, his Collie King, and his perpetual smile. I'm happy to have known him.

 

Nancy Beck Howard & Family posted on 11/19/20

My heart is broken for you all, my family. I’m blessed in my later years to have spent a little bit of time in conversation with Uncle Art. I wish I’d known him better. He was a very good man and I admire him greatly.

 

Jen Wright and girls posted on 11/19/20

Thinking of you Mary and family. I know you are a strong person because of him and he is so proud of you. We are thinking and praying for you.

 

Jim and Marlene Everson posted on 11/19/20

To Becky and family... Marlene joins me in our sincere expression of sympathy having learned of Arthur's passing. He was a friend who we met in July of 1993 when we became next door neighbors on North Shore at Atwood Lake. We shared many good times together and always enjoyed his stories and company. I shall miss our annual birthday calls we always shared....he never would let me forget he was 24 day's the older of me. Rest in peace old friend. Jim and Marlene Everson

 

Carolyn Vaughn posted on 11/19/20

Dearest Mary and Family, I am so very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing, he was such a great guy....Ornery as ever and missed seeing him..So glad to know him....Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers and thinking of you..... Carolyn Vaughn

 

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