Roy Mitchell, 96, died Sept. 3, 2010, in Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by Lola, his wife of nearly 64 years. Roy is survived by his children, Roy Jr, Ronald, Robert and Joyce; sister, Lucile; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Roy was the older of two children born to Oran Ray and Gracia (Jordan) Mitchell on Oct. 11, 1913, in San Diego, Calif. Roy attended school through the sixth grade in San Diego and moved with his family to Hutchinson, Kansas to live in the inherited family home after the death of his Grandpa Jordan. In 1929, the family traded their home for farm property located in Elkhart, Kan. Roy lived in Kansas during the Dust Bowl Days and enjoyed telling stories of that experience. When he was fifteen, Roy got a truck and a scoop shovel and started his own business hauling wheat from fields in Kansas and Oklahoma to grain elevators. Roy graduated from Elkhart High in 1933. Roy married Mary Bernice Siebert in 1932. Roy Jr. was born to them in 1933. This marriage ended in divorce. Roy, then moved with his family to Pharr, Texas. In 1936, Roy came to Pueblo, Colo. for a visit and never left, living there until his death. In his early years in Pueblo, Roy worked in filling stations and garages and eventually became the manager of Hill Oil Company. In 1942, Roy began work at the Pueblo Ordnance Depot and worked there until his retirement in 1975. He interrupted his career in late 1942 when he was drafted into the United States Army. He received an honorable discharge in 1943, due to hearing problems. At the ordnance depot, Roy met Lola and they were married in Orem, Utah in 1946. Ronald, Robert and Joyce are children of this marriage. Most of his life Roy pursued his hobby of buying and tinkering with both new and used cars. He used to tell of the time when he bought and traded three brand new cars in the same year because something was just not right with the first two. It was not uncommon for Roy to have one or more used cars on his property that he repaired to either drive himself or to sell. After failing health, Roy was admitted to the Belmont Lodge Nursing Home in 2008 and it is there where he died. Roy will be loved and missed by all of his family and friends. At his request there will be no viewing. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 2010, in Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with Pastor John Martin as officiant. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorials to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with Roy’s family. I worked at Columbia Savings-Roy and Lola were our good customers, that is how I know them. They were very good people and will be sorely missed. Take care and God Bless you all.

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