MITCHELL, Lt. Col. Lyndon Blair II, 74, also known as Pete or Mitch, passed away unexpectedly in Silverdale, WA, August 8, 2013.
He is preceded in death by mother, Johnetta Nichols Mitchell, father, Peter Blair Mitchell, and brother, David Joel Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Hui Sun Mitchell of Hawaii; sister, Johnetta Mitchell Goldthwaite (Bill) of Columbus, OH; nephews and cousins.
Pete grew up in St. Clairsville, OH and attended Oklahoma University.
He entered the U.S Air Force in 1961 and was a career serviceman. He served as navigator - bombardier during the Vietnam War, flew 295 combat missions over Southeast Asia including 63 missions over North Vietnam. He later taught the art of navigation at Mather AFB and after that was selected for special duty assignment at Andrews AFB transporting dignitaries worldwide.
Later he was selected chief navigator at Hickam AFB where he supervised the navigation of special air missions principally in the Pacific theater. He completed his service at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma where he served as executive officer for the 71st Flying Training Wing. He received many medals and awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, during his years of service.
Those who knew Pete the past few years will remember him best for his courage to overcome many obstacles, the most difficult of all was becoming blind in his late 60's. He dealt with bouts of cancer and blindness without complaints. Rather than giving up, he attended the blind school in Birmingham AL, became proficient using Siri and voice over on the iPhone, listened to news constantly and always had great stories to share.
Arrangements by Beck- Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Clairsville, Ohio
A graveside burial service is planned for Saturday, noon, November 2, 2013 at Union Cemetery in St. Clairsville, OH with Rev. Royce Browder officiating.
Full Military Graveside Honors will be conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association.
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