Rex L Mitchel, 67, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away at home on December 25th, 2019 peacefully, in his sleep.
Rex was born to parents Dan & Billie Mitchel, on July 20th, 1952 in Eugene, Oregon and grew up on Buck Creek. He graduated from North Douglas High School in 1971 and was one of the last men drafted for Vietnam in 1972.
Rex was a gypo logger for over 20 years, primarily with Harris Logging out of Drain, Oregon. He moved to Alaska in 1990, entering into partnership with Todd Mueller to run Cedar Source, a high quality cedar lumber yard in Anchorage. After 16 years, they closed the yard down in October of 2006. Rex went on to run the Anchorage location of Valley Sawmill until he retired in 2014.
Rex was a veteran and patriot who loved his country and proudly displayed the American flag at all times. He enjoyed woodworking, writing poetry, and watching old western movies.
Rex met his best friend & loving wife, Judy, while attending High School. They were married on December 23, 1972 in Drain, Oregon. Together they raised one child: Carrie A Mitchel (also known as Jess). Their home was always open to many other children who grew up with admiration for the loving home they kept and the support they willingly provided to all who entered.
Rex is survived by his wife, Judy, daughter, Carrie (Jess), grandson, Mason, sisters LaDonna & Diane, three brother-in-laws, and many nieces, nephews, and beyond.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan & Billie Mitchel, and his sister, Sue Cox.
The family has entrusted Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory with the arrangements. A private viewing was held for Rex's wife and daughter; no funeral is scheduled at this time. His ashes will be interred into his family burial plot at Pleasant Hill, Oregon.