Jerry Lee Mitchell, 79

Jerry Lee Mitchell, 79, of Belle Fourche passed away peacefully Aug. 9, 2019, at the Rolling Hills Healthcare in Belle Fourche.

Jerry was born March 20, 1940, in Belle Fourche, to Francis E. and Mary E. (Durr) Mitchell. He attended Belle Fourche schools and graduated from Buffalo High School. Jerry continued his education at the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State College.

He was a bartender, night club manager and part owner of the Robbinsdale Lounge. He was also an insurance underwriter in N.Y., and N.J. His passion was flying and he had a private pilot’s license. Jerry married Jeanette Jensen in 1961, and to this marriage two daughters, Tobi and Traci were born. For a few years he was married to Kim Johnston of Gillette. Jerry later married Joann Wood of Rapid City.

Jerry was witty and always ready with a good joke. He loved music and was a good guitarist. At one time he had a band called the Mitchell Trio.

He is survived by his daughters, Tobi (Steve) Thorson of Belle Fourche and Traci (Brent) Wood of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Shea, Valerie and Holly Thorson, Bryce, Madison and Mitchell Wood;

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis E. Mitchell and Mary Evalyn Bunney.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

A memorial has been established to provide more furnishings for the new Pine Slope Cemetery Shelter built by the local VFW.

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