Dale Mitchell

ADRIAN- Dale Fredrick Mitchell 97, peacefully passed away November 5, 2021 with his loving family by his side at Tecumseh Place Assisted Living Home in Tecumseh MI.  He was born July 14, 1924 at home to Robert O. and Margaret A. (Meyers) Mitchell, the fourth of seven children.


Dale grew up on the family farm on Mitchell Road where he enjoyed, worked and learned all aspects of the farm from his Father and Grandfather.  He attended Mitchell (also known as West) school on Mitchell Road through 8th grade and graduated from Adrian High School in 1942.  Acquiring a war deferment to grow food crops, Dale began a lifelong career in farming at age 19 by purchasing the Mitchell homestead farm from his Grandmother Opal Clara (Osborne ) Mitchell.  He married Margaret (Peg) L. Buehrer November 2, 1946.  They had five children.   June 18,1978 he married Juanita (Dunbar) Retter, and he had four step children. 


Dale was a Charter member of the Holloway Fire Department, now know as Raisin Charter Township Fire Dept.   He served Raisin Charter Township for a combined total of 66 years as a member of the Board of Review, Fire Dept., Fire Chief, Cemetery Board, Sexton, and including 22 years as an elected Township Trustee. He was involved in 4-H and Lenawee County Fair for the many years his 5 children were in multiple 4-H clubs. In addition to farming he worked at the Lenawee County Drain Commission for 26 years.  He was a member of the Raisin Presbyterian Church.   A highlight in Dale’s life was when his farm became a fourth generation Centennial Farm. For many years Dale enjoyed riding his Gold Wing motorcycle and weekly group rides and travel trips with the Adrian Wingers Club.  He and Juanita took many great trips on the motorcycle.   


He is survived by his wife Juanita, of Flushing, MI, his children, Karen Schnell of Pasco, WA, Susan (Dennis) Powers of Hart, MI, Cindi (Gary) Sedlacek of Blissfield, MI, C. Dean (Annette) Mitchell of Adrian, MI, Mark (Karen) Mitchell of Henderson, MI, and sisters Harriet Johnston of Adrian, Betty  Osterhout of Britton.   His stepchildren, Sue (Paul) Heimnick of Owosso, MI, Dean Retter of Alabama, Mark (Michelle) Retter of Clinton, MI, Kay (Darrio) Ybarra of Westpoint, UT.  His grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lucille Williams, Lois Ventz, brothers, William, Charles Mitchell, brother-in-laws, Harold Johnston, Lawrence Williams, and Robert Osterhout, and son-in-law Dennis Schnell.


The family will receive guests on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home-Tecumseh Chapel.  Funeral services for Dale will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home-Tecumseh Chapel with visitation an hour prior to the service.  Burial to follow at Raisin Presbyterian Cemetery on Sutton Road.  A luncheon will be held after burial at the Raisin Twp. Community Center, 3266 Gady Road, Adrian, MI 49221.  


Please consider Raisin Charter Township Fire Department, 5525 S Occidental Hwy, Tecumseh MI 49286  or Hospice of Lenawee, 1903 Wolf Creek Highway, Adrian  MI   49221 as memorials. 


Arrangements by Anderson-Marry Funeral home.