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In loving memory of
John W. Mitchell
  • May 01, 1954
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  • September 17, 2020

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John W. Mitchell died on September 17, 2020 with a diagnosis of Encephalopathy secondary to probable CJD.  He was born on May 1, 1954 in St. Louis Missouri to Joyce Katherine Major and John Clinton Mitchell.  He is survived by his wife Suzanne B. Mitchell, a brother Robert Clinton Mitchell, 4 sisters-in-law, 4 brother-in-laws,16 nieces and nephews, 12 great nieces and nephews, and in-laws Mary Kay and Charles Beyersdorfer, Jr.  He was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Thomas Joseph Mitchell, parents Joyce K. Mitchell and John C. Mitchell, grandparents Katherine and William Major, and grandparents Frank and Edna Mitchell.

John attended St. Clement School in Des Peres and Wydown Jr. High School.  He graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1971 and attended St. Louis University and Southern Illinois University.

John started his career at the Auto Club of Missouri and then went to work at Farm Credit Banks of St. Louis. He was proud to have attained his Certified Internal Auditor accreditation and CPA license.

He started working for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in 1985, retiring after 27 years.  Over the years, he obtained Certified Information Systems Auditor accreditation; GIAC Information Security Leadership certification; and ITIL Certifications in Information Technology Management.

John had a long history of volunteering with various non-profit organizations.  He served on the Harris House Foundation Board of Directors in St. Louis and the Inroad Policy Board of Directors in Memphis.  He was an Allocations Volunteer and member of the Community Investment Committee for United Way over a period of 16 years.  He was Director for the Western Golf Association where he was very committed to the Evans Scholars Foundation.  John was a Rules Committee Volunteer with the Florida State Golf Association and had recently obtained his USGA Rules of Golf Expert Certificate.

He fulfilled a golfer’s dreams by becoming a member of Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis.  He was on the Board of Directors for 3 years before he and Suzanne moved to The Villages Florida to carry out their retirement dream.  He immediately developed wonderful friendships with many golf buddies, neighbors, and other members of the community.

John loved hockey and was a Blues season ticket holder since 1989.  His leisure time passions included travelling, golf, music appreciation, reading, solving crossword puzzles, and watching TV sports.

John was a leader, providing much guidance to people who needed to find their way in life and get back on the right track and was there to support them if they took a wayward turn.  He was Suzanne’s best friend for 38 years, married for 30, wonderful husband and he spoiled her to the max.  They were a couple that loved each other very much.  Suzanne loved John with all her heart and will miss him more than words can say.

Honoring his wishes, John’s body was cremated, and celebrations of life will be held in Florida and St. Louis in the near future.  For those who have asked, please consider a donation in his memory to one of the organizations:





Evans Scholarship Committee




Florida State Golf Association

ATTN:  Foundation

12630 Telecom Drive

Tampa, FL  33637

(Write John Mitchell in Memo Area at bottom)





with an email to tracy@fsga.org indicating the donation is in John’s memory


Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 3990 E. SR 44 Wildwood, FL 352-430-1449.

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  1. Susan C says:
    04 Oct 2020
    Suzanne, John had the most gentle smile and his love for you was amazing. Much love dear friend, Susan

  2. Amy deJong says:
    27 Sep 2020
    My prayers are with you. I know these days will be hard without John.
    Thinking of you.
    Love, Amy (Crank) deJong

  3. Veronica Coleman lit a candle:
    25 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 25, 2020 at 9:42:55 PM

  4. Nancy & Bob Grubba says:
    25 Sep 2020
    Suzanne, we are so very sorry for your loss. John will be your angel that guides over you each and every day. Treasure the wonderful memories that you have created together for in the end that is all we have. Your love for him was evident during his very last days on earth. Knowing how much he loved you will carry you through. May he Rest In Peace!

  5. Steve Uhlmansiek says:
    23 Sep 2020
    My condolences on your loss Suzanne. I will always remember the wonderful music conversations we had and the times we shared at the Bank. John enriched my life and I will miss him greatly.

  6. Chris Macinski lit a candle:
    23 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 23, 2020 at 9:53:07 AM

  7. Kelly Crosby Keefe says:
    23 Sep 2020
    Aunt Suzy, we are so very sorry for your loss. Uncle John was always so kind, conscientious, and was full of interesting stories. It was clear how much you two love each other. Thinking of you and sending all our love.
    Mike, Kelly, John F, and Isla

  8. Marcia Barber says:
    22 Sep 2020
    John, you will be missed. I volunteered with you for many years at United Way in St. Louis and we moved to The Villages within months of each other. Your concern for those less fortunate as a model for many to follow.

  9. Tim Crowley says:
    22 Sep 2020
    Rest in peace John, you were a pleasure to be around, only birdies from here on

  10. Ellen Harpstrite says:
    22 Sep 2020
    Aunt Suzy,
    Sending prayers for healing and comfort as you navigate this difficult time. Uncle John was a great man and a wonderful uncle. He always encouraged reading and bought Charlotte and Harrison many books. We will continue to think of him every time we read those books with the kids. We love you, Aunt Suzy!

    Todd, Ellen, Charlotte, and Harrison

  11. Darlene Martin says:
    22 Sep 2020
    Mrs. Mitchell and Family,

    It is with heavy heart that I offer this condolence. I worked very closely with John on the RIC Committee at the United Way of Greater St. Louis. I would prepare his talking points for the meetings and he would tell me, "I know this stuff. Don't need talking points." And he would be spot on each time.

    May you find comfort and peace in the arms of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  12. Marylou Murphy posted an image:
    22 Sep 2020
    Artie and I had dinner with John and Suzy over the summer at Evans Prairie Country Club.
    Artie and I had dinner with John and Suzy over the summer at Evans Prairie Country Club.

  13. Andy says:
    22 Sep 2020
    Our condolences. John was a good man. If there is anything we can do for you, let us know.
    Andy, Amanda,&Nora

  14. Kevin Beyersdorfer posted an image:
    22 Sep 2020
    Always supporting their family.
    Always supporting their family.

  15. Reneé B. Johnson lit a candle:
    22 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 22, 2020 at 9:27:39 AM

  16. Kathy Sprich says:
    22 Sep 2020
    Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man. You both got to experience a very special love with each other.
    Bill and Kathy

  17. Trisha R. Gordon lit a candle:
    21 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 21, 2020 at 9:38:50 PM

  18. Trisha R. Gordon says:
    21 Sep 2020
    John. It was a pleasure to get to know you and work alongside you. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace. Trisha

  19. Susan Smith says:
    21 Sep 2020
    My sincere condolences. It was a pleasure to meet John. I only wish that I would have had more time to get to know him. May he rest in peace.

  20. Diane and Michael Heuvelman says:
    21 Sep 2020
    Rest in the arms of Jesus.

  21. Kevin Beyersdorfer posted an image:
    21 Sep 2020

  22. Kevin Beyersdorfer posted an image:
    21 Sep 2020
    Will miss you Uncle John!<br />
Love Ann Emily Rachel Audrey
    Will miss you Uncle John!
    Love Ann Emily Rachel Audrey

  23. Clair Rose says:
    21 Sep 2020
    John was a great man. His love for golf and music were always a part of the conversation. But nothing topped his love for Suzanne. As a couple, it was so apparent they had found their perfect match. John was always kind, attentive, interesting and fun. I'll miss the wonderful times he and Suzy traveled to San Francisco and enabled long overdue visits. Now you have a free ticket to every concert, John. Enjoy! And, please, keep an eye on Suzanne and her heart. Keep her safe and always able to hear you say, "I love you." You will be missed, my friend.

  24. Brenda Heusler says:
    21 Sep 2020
    Suzanne, this is a beautiful tribute befitting a very special man. I am so sorry for your loss. John touched many lives, including mine, and will be truly missed. Love to you.

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