Richard E. “Dick” Mitchell, 79, of Altoona, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday. He was born and raised in Altoona, the son of Lester and Kathryn (Estep) Mitchell. In 1965, he married Terry Cowher in Altoona and they have been together for 58 years. Dick is survived by his two sons, Grant and Brian, both of Altoona.
After retiring from Norfolk Southern Corp., where he worked as a machinist and foreman for 31 years, Dick continued to pursue his interests in model trains. He owned and operated Dick’s Train Store in Juniata for many years and also worked as a DJ Spinner for 15 years. Dick was an active member of the Alto Model Train Association Inc., where he spent countless hours with his friends and fellow model train enthusiasts.
In addition to his passion for model trains, Dick served two years in the U.S. Navy as a Radar man before settling down to raise a family in Altoona. He was devoted to his loving family and cherished the memories he made with them over the years.
Friends are invited to pay their respects during a visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Wednesday, Nov