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Dan Howden Mitchell
Dan Howden MitchellMusicNotesDan Howden Mitchell, 80 of Prospect, died unexpectedly Wednesday June 17, 2015 at his home.

He was born January 26, 1935 in Mt. Gilead to the late Donald and Dorothy (McKee) Mitchell.

On August 26, 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, the former Mildred Fern Downs and she died April 12, 2014.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dean Mitchell.

He was a very accomplished basketball player at Johnsville High School, where he graduated in 1953; he then graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957. Dan was a talented piano player, trumpet player and was proficient with many other instruments.  He was a member of musical groups such as the All Americans, Front Porch Five and others.  Dan was a music teacher for many years, teaching at the Elgin Schools, first in Green Camp then Prospect, then moving to the Pleasant Schools and finally finishing in the Centerburg District. He had earned a Masters in Music Education.  Dan loved to take his grandchildren fishing.

A True Renaissance man, he was equally happy in his garden or workshop, studying astronomy, teaching his students, reading scientific, literary, historical and fiction books and traveling the country.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Heidi (Mike) Ries, Centerville (Dayton); his son, Dan (Terri) Mitchell, Columbus; two grandchildren, Timothy Joseph Ries and Rosamiel Rene Ries, sister Sandra (William) Houk, Mt. Gilead and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is beloved by his family, friends and students for his kindness, patience and wisdom.

Private family services will be held at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Salvation Army 317 W. Church St. P.O. Box 383 Marion, Ohio 43302

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#1 from: Janet Blair Roll
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 5:49 PM

I am so sorry to learn of Dan\'s passing.  I have always admired him and was proud to be his cousin.  Heidi and Dan, I am glad you had such a wonderful father.  Praying that your families will find comfort in your memories.\r

#2 from: Pam Neel
Richwood, Oh
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 10:47 PM

Dear Dan  and Heidi,   I enjoyed the lunches your dad and I had.  We caught up on family a lot.  He talked about you two and your families. He was very proud of you.  And the grandkids. We were going to get together in April but didn't.  He was to let me know.  We were both busy people. I will miss our times.  Praying for all of you.  The good memories will get you through it. God bless. Love  Pam

#3 from: Susan Dean
Waldo, Ohio
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.  I admired Dan's musical talent and as a pianist his ability to improvise and his use of wonderful harmonies. The musical world has lost a true musician.  

#4 from: Diana Hudson Carr
Bucyrus, Ohio
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 5:02 PM

I am sorry for your loss.  Prayers to you all.  Dan was my high school band director at Pleasant HS many years ago.  I can still remember his smile and telling me to always enjoy the music.

#5 from: Jack Ice
Orlando, Florida
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:41 PM

Mr. Mitchell was one of my favorite teachers.  I hope the family celebrates the life he lived and realize how many young people he positively influenced.  He was a very special man and one I greatly admired.

#6 from: Brian E. Napper
Marion, Ohio 43302
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Mitchell were good people.
They both were outstanding educators. They raised excellent children. They were well respected because of their values and ethics. May God Bless and keep their families.

#7 from: Lynn Jones
PCC Airfoils LLC, Douglas GA
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

#8 from: Linda Taylor-Seiter
Blanchard, MI
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:49 PM

My husband, Phill, thought the world of Mr. Mitchell. Phill was a student at Green Camp and always talked fondly of your father. We often visited with your parents when we were in Ohio. In fact we are to be there on the 27th and planned to pop in for a visit. He was a dear man and will be sadly missed.

#9 from: Karen Keenan
Worthington, OH
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Mr. Mitchell was my band director at Pleasant from 1975-1978.  He brought such energy to us with his innovative ideas.  I will never forget our big bass drum players flipping their drums down to the ground and then standing on their heads while they played.  That was Mr. Mitchell's idea!  He was a terrific teacher that has never been forgotten. So sorry to hear of his passing.

#10 from: Elaine Leffler
Marion, Ohio
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Mr. Mitchell was my band director at Pleasant. He was so patient with us when we made mistakes. So sorry for your loss.

#11 from: Peggy and Bob Weston
Punta Gorda, Florida
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Dear Heidi and Danny, I was so sad to see that your Father had passed.  And then to lean about your Mother also.  We considered them both dear Friends over the years.  Sincerely,   The Weston's

#12 from: Linda  (Borg) March
formerly of Marion , Ohio  Pleasant school
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Mr. Mitchell As we knew him was the most influential person in my life. My brother and I were both in his chorus classes at Pleasant and in February at my mother's funeral service when Roger sang the Lord's prayers; my thoughts went to Mr Mitchell and all he taught us about singing.  I would love to have said hello one last time.  Good rest your soul Dan
You made such an impact on my life. Linda (Borg) March.

#13 from: Joe Short
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 8:14 PM

I hired Dan Mitchell twice, first at Pleasant Schools and later at Centerburg Schools.  I've never met a finer teacher,  a more accomplished musician, nor a greater gentleman.  He will be sorely missed.
Sincerely, Joe Short

#14 from: Jonathan Medaugh
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 10:32 PM

I often think of Mr. Mitchell and how he freely gave of his time for our pep band and jazz band.  We were able to play so many different venues because he gave so freely of his time.  Being a teacher myself I now realize how much he gave of himself for the betterment of his students.  We were very fortunate have had him be our teacher.

#15 from: Linda Dean Baker
Mount Gilead
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Heidi, very sorry to hear you have now lost both parents.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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