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OBITUARY - Chester Raymond Mitchell

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Service Date & Time
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM
View Park | Tues. Aug. 21, 2018 | 12:00P - 6:00P
Pomona Church of Christ
500 Vinton Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92518

In Loving Memory of Chester Raymond Mitchell

March 24, 1945 - August 8, 2018

Chester Raymond Mitchell was born on March 24, 1945, in Los Angeles, California. He was the oldest child of Johnnetta and Herman Mitchell. He was raised in South Central Los Angeles.

He attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, graduating from David Starr Jordan High School in 1963. Upon graduating high school, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in Vietnam. Shortly after returning home, he began a career with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. He worked his way up through the ranks from Deputy Sheriff to Lieutenant, retiring in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles.

In 1971, Chester met the love of his life, Maxine. They were married in May of 1976 at a ceremony before family and friends as Chester made the commitment to be Maxine's husband and a father to Larry. Maxine and Chester enjoyed a fabulous marriage as they carried on as a small family of three. Upon retirement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, he served as a counselor at Harrison-Ross Mortuary, located in San Bernardino, California.

Chester had a passion for bowling. He was a member of the Senior Practice Bowling League at Brunswick Zone Deer Creek Lanes Bowling, located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He played in numerous bowling tournaments, sometimes traveling as far as Nevada to participate with his team.

Chester accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Inglewood Church of Christ, located in Inglewood, California. Years later, he placed his membership at Rancho Cucamonga Church of Christ, where he became one of the Church Leaders. In addition to leading the congregation, he took on the responsibility of mentoring the young men and sometimes assisted in preparing the weekly church bulletin. He remained committed to serving the church, attending bible study and worship service as his health permitted, up until his final days.

He adored his son, Larry, and daughter-in-law, Jessica. He cherished his grandson, Bryan, and granddaughter, Olivia Maxine. Chester enjoyed being the big brother to his sister, Carolyn. In fact, he baptized her in 1990 and supported her throughout his life. He continued to care for his sister as she battled with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.

Chester will be remembered as a Christian, devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and loyal friend to many. Words used to describe him often include: loud, bossy, controlling, kind-hearted, generous and a workaholic.

Preceding in his death are his father, Herman Mitchell; his mother, Johnetta Mitchell; his wife, Maxine Mitchell; brother Wesley Mitchell; and his son, Jason B. Mitchell.

He leaves to cherish his memories: son, Larry (Jessica) Green, and grandchildren, Bryan and Olivia; his sister, Carolyn Mitchell-Herlong; his companion, Janat Tuggle; his lifetime friend, Felix Rucker; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and numerous other friends.

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The family of Chester R. Mitchell would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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