Richard E. “Dick” Mitchell, a devoted family man and passionate model train enthusiast, passed away at his home in Altoona on Sunday. He was 79 years old and had lived in the city his entire life, born to Lester and Kathryn (Estep) Mitchell.
After serving two years in the U.S. Navy as a Radar man, Dick retired from Norfolk Southern Corp., where he worked as a machinist and foreman for 31 years. In addition to his work at Norfolk Southern, Dick was also the owner and operator of Dick’s Train Store in Juniata for many years, and a DJ Spinner for 15 years. His love for trains extended beyond just his business; he was a member of the Alto Model Train Association Inc., where he spent countless hours with friends and fellow model train enthusiasts.
Dick was known for being devoted to his family, particularly his wife of 58 years, Terry Cowher. He is also survived by two sons, Grant and Brian, both of whom live in Altoona.
Visitors are invited to pay their respects at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., located at 719 N. Fourth Ave., Altoona from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Wednesday November 22nd ,2023 . Interment will take place at Alto-Reste Park . More information can be found on maukandyates