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  LANDUSKY-Winston Havens Mitchell, 94, a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran, Rancher and Farmer went to be with his heavenly father on May 29, 2017 at the Hi-Line Retirement Center, in Malta, Montana.

    Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., July 29, 2017 at the Landusky Community Center. Interment of his cremated remains will be in the Landusky Cemetery with military honors. Condolences for the family can be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

    Winston was born August 11, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Vivian C. and Essie I. (Havens) Mitchell. He was raised on the ranch and educated in Landusky through the eighth grade, and then moved to Malta for his high school years, graduating in 1940. After high school he worked on the family ranch. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 10, 1943 and served in Rhineland and Italy. He received the American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victor Medal and the EAME (European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign) Ribbon with three bronze service stars. After his discharge on December 13, 1945 he returned to the ranch near Landusky. He met the love of his life and married Lucille Florence LaBorn on April 23, 1949 in Malta at the Malta Lutheran Church. Winston was a member of the Malta Lutheran Church, Montana Stock growers Association, Montana Historical Society, VFW and the National Cattleman's Association. Winston enjoyed writing poetry, building kids tractors, doing card tricks for the grandkids & friends, making wooden signs for family & friends, diamond willow canes, his many signature books and last but not least, he made his lamps for the Phillips County Hospital Foundation.

    Winston is survived by his wife, Lucille Florence LaBorn Mitchell of Landusky; sons: Bill (Ruth) Mitchell of Landusky, Craig (Janice) Mitchell of Malta, Kevin (Michelle) Mitchell of Landusky, Sisters: Kathryn "Sue" Mitchell Barrett, Faye (Ken) Mitchell Moss, Sister-in-law: Betty LaBorn Mitchell; Grandchildren: Robin (C.W) Kananen, Curt, Leslie, Erin (Rob) Skinner, Megan, Vanessa, Samantha, Katie and Kyle; Great Grandchildren: Chaz, Chad, & Jada Kananen, Mercedes, Madison, & Regan Skinner, Ben, Lucille and Norah Lambert, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian and Essie; Daughter, Valerie Anne Mitchell Matthews; Brother, Richard Mitchell; and Brother-in-law, Bob Barrett.


Guest Book


From: Garry,Beth, Ben, Shawn, Ashleigh & Emma

Lucille & family...we are so very sorry to hear of Winston's passing. His stories will be missed by many. Thoughts & prayers for you all. God. Bless.


From: Sharon Kindle

Lucile and family,
Winston was ingenious by taking discarded parts, old wheels, anything, and making a keepsake for people. Each item had its story.


From: Mark Halvorson

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mitchell family. Winston will truly be missed. We have always enjoyed the Mitchell Ranch and visiting Winston and Lucille and hearing a new or old story. Peace and Blessings to all of you at this time.


From: Edward & Sarah Ostlund

Condolences to Lucille and all of the family from Ed & Sarah Ostlund.
Already about a year since we last visited in Malta. We will certainly miss visiting with Winston, and your hospitality at the ranch.

Edward Ostlund


From: Anne Boothe

I'm sorry I can't make it out to celebrate Winston's life with you all this weekend. He was a very special man and I appreciated him so. Our very own Smokey Bear Cowboy - i have a picture of him and that hat and vest somewhere. Thank you for sharing him with our community.






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