MUSCATINE, IA — Daryl Lee Mitchell, 74, of Muscatine, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at his home in Muscatine surrounded by his family. Cremation rites have been facilitated by Iowa Cremation of Cedar Rapids. Celebration of Life Services will be held Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. Calvary Church Family Life Center, followed by lunch. Graveside services with full military rites by Mercer County VFW Post 1571 will follow at 3 p.m. at Aledo Cemetery, Aledo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Community of Christ Church, Calvary Church, American Cancer Hope Lodge Iowa City, or plant a tree in memory of his love of nature.
Daryl was born April 2, 1939, in Aledo, son of Loren and Doris Close Mitchell. He was married to Gail Evelyn Lindburg (June 1963, until her passing in 1980). He married Linda Stalkfleet Pretz from Muscatine, Iowa, on May 22, 1992.
Daryl graduated from Aledo High School in 1957. A veteran of the United States Army, Daryl served 2 1⁄2 years in Germany. Daryl farmed for a number of years in Aledo and was employed for 21 years as a Security Guard at Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa retiring April 1, 2006.
His memberships included Community of Christ Church, Muscatine, Iowa, Cedar Valley Research and Recovery Metal Detecting Club and Iowa Gold Prospectors Association of America. Daryl loved histo- ry, nature and the great outdoors. His hobbies included reading, metal detecting, gold prospecting, photogra- phy, fishing and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and attending activities in which the grandchildren were involved.
Daryl is deeply loved and remembered by his wife, Linda, Muscatine, Iowa; son, Randy Mitchell and wife, Maria, Port Byron; daughter, Penny Morter and hus- band, Samuel, Muscatine, Iowa, step-daughter, Tamara Pretz and husband, Kevin Mitrisin, New Deihl, India, step-son, Michael Pretz, and wife, Dayle, Columbus Junction, Iowa; grandchildren, Moriah, Shiloh and Araunah Morter, Zoe Mitrisin; Megan, Kelsey and Tommy Pretz, Matthew Smith, Michael Youngs; great- granddaughter, Adalynn Youngs; three sisters, Carrollyn (Bill) Hunt, Sparland, Nancy (Michael) Blythe, St. Petersburg, Fla. and Patti Mitchell, Indianapolis, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gail, sis- ter, JoAnne and his parents.