Erwin R. Mitchell, age 69, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at Elderwood @ Hornell.
Erwin was born July 26, 1949 in Wayland, a son of Stephen & Beatrice (Finch) Mitchell. He was a veteran of the USMC (United States Marine Corps) serving for two tours, 1967-71 & 1973-75. He also reenlisted in the US Army National Guard from 1987-1988. Erwin was a welder for Foster Wheeler Corp. in Dansville. In addition to his parents, Erwin was also predeceased by his siblings, Jerry Mitchell, Richard Mitchell, Roger Mitchell, Norb Mitchell, Darlene Marble, Judy Mitchell, Caroline & Bob Gruber and Sherry McGinnis, also a brother-in-law, John Emery.
Erwin was a 31 year member of the Theodore Van Tassel American Legion Post #402 in Wayland and a life member of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign War) Post # 6780 in Dansville.
He enjoyed carpentry, Elvis, singing and tending his vegetable garden, but most of all he loved spending time with his family & friends.
Erwin is survived by his daughter, Jessica Mitchell (Wesley Richardson); step-daughter, Tammy (Randy) Crooks; 4 grandchildren, Jayden, Tylor, Skylar & Lia Richardson; siblings, Larry Mitchell, Ronnie (Mary) Mitchell, Linda DiSalvo, Sandy Emery & Marcia (Jimmy) Galton; sisters-in-law, Beverly Bayouth & Mary Mitchell; many nieces, nephews & cousins.
Friends may call 4-7 pm Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 300 West Naples St., Wayland, where funeral services will be held 11 am, Friday. Burial with full military honors will be in the Village Cemetery, Wayland.
Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.