Raymond E. “Fuzzy” Mitchell, 89, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Jan. 24, 2017, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del. He was born in Millville, Del., on Sept. 20, 1927, son of the late John and Della Mitchell.
When his mother died at age 21, Mitchell was placed in an orphanage known as the Murphy School, in Dover, from second through 11th grades, where he excelled in all sports, especially football. With his athletic ability, he was offered to tryout with the Phillies but instead volunteered with the U.S. Marine Corps at 17. He stayed in the Marines until the war was over, and then he received his diploma from Dover High School.
Mitchell owned service stations in Millville, Bethany Beach and Clarksville, Del. He was known as “the tire man.” He sold his business in 1986, due to his declining health. He and his wife, Hilda, spent 22 winters in Florida and traveled across the country from Delaware to California three times.
In addition to his parents, Mitchell was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Reginal; and a stepdaughter, Retha Kauffman Cleveland. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Hilda M. Mitchell; a brother, Chester Mitchell and his wife, Margarete; two sisters, Della Jones and her husband, Bob, and Louise Merritt and her husband, John; a daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Bailey and her husband, David; a stepson, Robert Kauffman; four grandchildren, Crystal Snouffer, John Bailey, R.J. Kauffman, and Matthew Kauffman and his fiancé, Cindy Dunston; seven great-grandchildren, Ahwen and Mordekai Snouffer, and McKenzie, Macy, Michael and Trey Kauffman, and Jon Howard; a special cousin, Harvey Melson and his friend, Francis; and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation was scheduled for Jan. 31, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del., with interment in St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.