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Friday March 26th, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Friday March 26th, 2021

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Steve Mitchell

Masks are requested at the visitation/services.

The service will be live streamed at 4:00 p.m.

The link will be added Friday morning below the service information.

Steve’s prescription for a marvelous life (to be taken PRN): love deeply, cherish friendships, don’t always play by the rules, be bold – take risks, give more than you receive, and most importantly, always have a Z-Pak on hand!

Steve “Squeak” Mitchell passed away on March 22, 2021 at the age of 69 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Steve was born to Dr. Duane E. and Joyce G. (Adams) Mitchell on March 9, 1952 in Denver, Colorado.

Growing up, Steve attended the Mt. Ayr community schools.  One of his favorite pastimes as an adult was recounting fond school memories such as: who he sat next to in the second grade, who won the seventh-grade relay race during the track and field meet, who completed the most amazing pass during a high school football game and favorite songs played by the band he was in, the Rajas, with band members Bob Young, Mike Carr, Neil Rinehart and Steve Duros.  After graduating from his illustrious secondary education in 1970, Steve went on to attend Drake University in Des Moines, IA.  Steve quickly realized his passion for healthcare, majored in Pharmacy and received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1975.  During his Drake career, Steve played football, was active in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and, most importantly, met the love of his life, Cynthia Kulowski during a college spring break trip to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Steve and Cindy were married on August 9, 1975 in Harwinton, CT.  After an idyllic honeymoon at the Mt. Airy lodge in the Poconos Mountains, Steve and Cindy settled in Winterset, IA where Steve began his pharmacy career at Montross Pharmacy.  Soon after, Steve was harkened back to his childhood home of Mt. Ayr and had the opportunity to purchase McNeilly Drug. After an unfortunate fire, the building was then rebuilt as Mitchell Drug.  It took a while for the older ladies in town to accept that “Little Stevie” would be filling their prescriptions and advising them on healthcare matters, but Steve quickly established himself as a trustworthy pharmacist in the community.  Steve didn’t just play the part of a small-town pharmacist, he lived and breathed the role.  He knew that people weren’t only ill during the hours between 9-5 and without hesitation he would open his doors day or night to help those who depended on him for their medications.  Steve understood the importance of dedication to his community and worked tirelessly not only in his pharmacy profession, but as an entrepreneur. He first expanded Mitchell Drug to a second location in Clearfield, IA and then established Mt. Ayr businesses to include Mitchell Jewelry and Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts.  After a long career as an independent pharmacist, Steve continued his work at Pamida, Shopko and Hy-Vee as the pharmacy manager, culminating his vocation with 45 years of service before retiring at the age of 67.  His commitment to the residents of Mt. Ayr and the outlying communities will be remembered by those he served for years to come.

During the span of his professional career, Steve played an active part in his home town, proudly serving as a member of the Mt. Ayr City Council, Optimist Club, the Mt. Ayr Chamber of Commerce and was President of Mt. Ayr Community Improvement Club.  Steve was an avid sports fan and the four seasons dictated how he spent his free time.  In the summer, he looked forward to cheering on his #1 favorite baseball team, The Dodgers, and he went to many Royals baseball games with Lefty Geist, Ted Smith, Jack Garrity and many other close friends. A true high spot in Steve's life of sports was being able to attend the 1985 World Series, Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Fall was dedicated to the Green Bay Packers.  Some of his most unforgettable trips were made to Lambeau Field with son Mike, brothers-in-law Chris and Kerry Kulowski and dear friend Roger Kerndt.  Lest we not forget, Steve was always a loyal Rams fan.  Winter was for cheering on KU basketball and spring was for teeing up the golf ball. 

Some of Steve's other favorite pastimes included traveling, water skiing at the lake, planning class reunions with his cherished classmates of 1970, looking forward to the annual Lefty’s Pitchers Pool party, celebrating and emceeing Ayr Days activities, helping create the scariest haunted houses at Halloween, hosting Christmas Eve parties at his drugstore, and decorating his house for the holiday. Besides his business, community involvement and favorite pastimes, the most beloved and time-consuming part of his life was his family.

Steve and Cindy were blessed with three children: Brooke Leigh in 1979, Kary Dawn in 1981 and Michael Stephen in 1985.  Life growing up in the Mitchell household was full of witty conversation, hilarious banter and the installation of hard work and generosity, sometimes peppered with tough life lessons with the infamous fraternity paddle.

Left to cherish Steve’s memory is his beloved wife, Cindy, of 46 years, his children, Brooke (Casey Kempter) Marshall of Kansas City, MO; Kary (Adam) Wilson of Camas, WA; Mike (Katie) Mitchell of Merriam, KS; mother, Joy Mitchell of Mt. Ayr and sister, Cherri (Verd) Bailey of Estes Park, CO. Six grandchildren: Evan and Scotty Marshall, Wren, Olive and Poppy Wilson and Cooper Mitchell; mother-in-law Patricia Kulowski (who always referred to him as “Stevie Wonderful”) of Torrington, CT; brothers-in-law John Kulowski, Chris (Cindy) Kulowski, Kerry Kulowski and sister-in-law Kelly (Chris) Dotson; nephews, Chad Hunt, Neil Hunt, Ryan Hunt, Brad Bailey, Jason Kulowski, Jacob Dotson and Johnny Dotson; nieces Rebecca Bailey, Emma Kulowski, Sophie Kulowski and Carly Dotson; and numerous cousins and dear friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Duane Mitchell and his father-in-law, John Kulowski.

Memorials are requested to EveryStep Hospice and Judge Lewis Park.

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Cindy and family,
I sent you a note this week, but I wanted you to know how sorry Sheila and I were to hear about Steve. He was a "one of a kind guy," and I'm glad I knew him. Regrets, I have a few. One is that we lost touch with you all over the past 20-30-40 years. Please find strength, peace and comfort in the days ahead by knowing that GGT-----"God's Got This!"
Neil Rinehart

Neil Rinehart Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

Cindy and family,

So many memories of Steve...starting as young boys when he moved to Mt. Ayr and became my neighbor. Played together all through our early years...either in his back yard playing basketball or my backyard playing baseball and everything in-between. Then each of us graduating in 1975 with a Pharmacy degree. A few years later we ended up being neighbors again as we each raised our families and provided pharmacy services to our community.
I know Steve loved his family so much!
He will be dearly missed.

Steve Roe Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

Steve's extended family in the east are all heartbroken at his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy, Joy, Cherri and the rest of the family far and wide. We find solace in our memories of Steve's big heart, big smile and warm personality. He will be missed by all lucky to have known him. Rest in peace brother.

John Kulowski Jr Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

Steve, I remember your face would always light up when I walked in to Pamida with my Dodgers hat on. Say "hi" to Tommy up there at the "Big Dodger Blue Heaven in the Sky" for me.

Keith D McConnell Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

We have so many fun memories of Steve, growing up and attending school together, working at the swimming pool together, hanging out together with our families during the time we were living back in Mt Ayr and catching up whenever we're back in town. We will miss him so much. Friends forever in our hearts!

Patty and Phil Herrington Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

The Steve Mitchell family, So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was so good as a pharmacist , and helping when I needed it. I'm sure the family and the whole community will miss him. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in the loss of your loved one, Steve Mitchell.

Linda E Barber Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

Steve was a big part of the community and remember him providing meds after hours when I worked ER at the hospital. Glad to have known him. He will be missed by many.

Erin Bailey Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

Cindy, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. I was so sorry to read of this today. We've not been in touch lately but I certainly remember our friendship through Hospice. Peace be with you always. Sue Schaub

Sue Schaub Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Steve's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection.

Jim & Donna Adams Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

Cindy, Joy, Cherri and Family - So sorry to hear of Steves passing. Your family is so special to me. Keeping you in my heart and prayers. Sending hugs, as I cannot be there. Love, Vickie

Vickie Butler Pierce, Las Vegas, NV Mar 22 2021 12:00 AM

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