Orlando E. Mitchell, 81, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, in Shawnee.

Orlando E. Mitchell, 81, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, in Shawnee.

He was born July 29, 1936, to Almond Ernest and Rachel Evaline (Jenkins) Mitchell in Trousdale, Oklahoma.

Orlando was raised in Tribbey and was a 1954 graduate of Tribbey High School. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country stationed at George AFB in Victorville, California.

He married Alma Sue Mott on Jan. 23, 1957, in Trona, California.

After his service in the military he lived in Midwest City for five years until settling in Bethel Acres where he has resided the last 54 years.

Orlando retired from Tinker Air Force Base as Branch Chief after 35 years of service.

He was a member of the Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Shawnee. Orlando enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, hunting, but treasured spending time with his family as most important.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Erma Lee Farr and Joetta Smith; brother, Lavoye Mitchell; three great-grandchildren, twins, Tristian and Talon Mitchell and Sammy Mitchell.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Sue Mitchell of the home; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Janet and Bruce Hopper of Bethel Acres and Lisa and Troy Thompson of Tecumseh; one son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Darline Mitchell of Bethel Acres; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; and other loving extended family and friends.

Special thanks to all of the staff and caregivers at Belfair Memory Care and Angelic Hospice.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, and continue through service time. Family gathering to greet friends and family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 15, at Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church in Shawnee. Burial will follow at Blackburn Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.