Services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, June 20, at Alameda Baptist Church, 8818 Second St., in Albuquerque. Pastor Mike Deets will officiate with interment at Sunset Memorial Park. Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, Roswell. Joseph will also have a visitation at the Alameda Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Joseph passed away quietly in Roswell on Sunday, June 16, 2013. His wife of 63 years, Verily Beatrice Reeves, preceded him in death in November of 2012. He leaves behind his children: Barbara E. Ware, of Roswell; Joseph A. Mitchell III, of San Antonio, Texas; and Chase Marie Mitchell, of Albuquerque. The couple has six grandchildren: David Ware, Michael Ware, Katharine Mitchell, Shawn Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell and Dakota Mitchell; and four great-granddaughters. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Greer, of Sweetwater, Texas.
Jack was born in Louise, Texas, in October of 1922. He began life as a farmer’s son living in many locations throughout Texas as his father searched for work during the Depression. The family settled in West Texas in the town of Grandfalls. It was there, after he had just started his college studies at Texas Tech, he answered the nation’s call and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps just after the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.
He became one of the first radar technicians of World War II, serving on Saipan until the end of the war and earning a Bronze Star. He attained the rank of master sergeant before his discharge after the end of the war.
Jack joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration, which later became the Federal Aviation Administration, in the late 1950s. He and his family traveled extensively throughout the southern United States installing the radar and communications equipment vital to our nation’s air traffic control system.
He settled in Albuquerque in early 1963 with his family. As a devoted Christian, he gave much of his spare time to the Alameda Baptist Church which later became the First Baptist Church of Alameda. You could find him on many Saturdays repairing anything that required it. He was responsible for many of the improvements at the church.
Jack had many different interests and hobbies in his life. He was an amateur radio operator and, as such, was involved in getting messages back and forth from the survivors and their families as well as to the emergency personnel after the Alaskan Earthquake in the late ‘60s. He was an avid amateur photographer and loved to fish and camp.
Jack will be greatly missed by his loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as he was the rock of the family. You could always, always count on him for help. He leaves a hole in the family that will never be filled.
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