This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Monte Mitchell, 83, born on February 6, 1929 and passed away on October 16, 2012. We will remember him forever.

A visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Speaks Suburban Chapel; 18020 E. 39th Street; Independence, MO; 64055. A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AEA Educational Foundation; 3570 NE Ralph Powell Road; Lee's Summit, MO; 64064. For more information, contact the AEA headquarters at 816-347-8400.

Posted by Gunter Hemmel on October 30, 2012
Monte, I always considered you as the grandseigneur of avionics and the mastermind behind the AEA. It has been a privilege knowing you.

My thoughts are with you Paula, Debra and the whole Mitchell family. God bless you.
Posted by Murray Allison on October 28, 2012
Having recently lost one of our own family members, we know what a difficult time this is for you all but know that soon your grief will be replaced with all of your wonderful memories. Gone but never forgotten. Our thoughts are with you all. Warmest regards to you all.
Posted by David Speer on October 24, 2012
Monte was a friend and supporter to many throughout his life, both in and out of the office. His legacy is best portrayed by the success of the people and organizations that he helped nurture throughout his life. Monte's dedication and loyalty to his family, friends and industry associates remained unwavering to the end. He will be missed!
Posted by Bob Ferguson on October 22, 2012
I have always been proud and pleased to call Monty my friend. He will be missed.
Posted by Denise Retter on October 21, 2012
Together at last with his beloved wife, but a great void in the lives of his family and all of us related to the Mitchell family. My Uncle Monte was a dynamo who could ignite an idea and inspire others...a characteristic he and Aunt Joann passed on to my cousins, their daughters. God Bless you and yours...Denise & Harry
Posted by Fran Carpenter on October 20, 2012
Heaven became a sweeter place as Monte had his reunion with Joann and other loved ones. I am sure that Bob C. was close by to meet his long time friend and welcome him home. Our respect for Monte and all of the AEA family, not only helped us through the years, but also gave us many happy memories. My love and prayers to Paula, Debbie, Lisa and your families.
Posted by Jim Herbert on October 18, 2012
I first met Monty at the initial European meeting of the AEA. It was his obvious enthusiasm and integrity that encourage me to join. He dedicated himself to the organisation and this dedication was clearly passed on to his family who continue to make the organisation prosper. Monty you had a great life, wonderful family, great achievements and many friends. You will be sadly missed.
Posted by Rick Garcia on October 18, 2012
Monte will be missed he created a wonderful organization "THE AEA"

My condolences to the Mitchell family
Posted by Amy Koranda on October 18, 2012
Monte - you will be missed by all you touched in the aviation community.

Paula...please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Posted by Leslie Byam Gilbert on October 18, 2012
Monte was such a treat to know. His wife grew up across the street from my mother, Gloria Hahn Byam. When Mom moved to The Fountains, she and Monte were reintroduced and became table companions (when Monte wasn't attending an organization function). He was such a caring fellow and has followed up with Mom since her move to skilled nursing. Monte, we'll miss your calls. Peace be with you.
Posted by Tracy Dulle on October 18, 2012
Debbie, Paula and Lisa--you are all in my prayers. I learned so much from Monte. His dedication to GA Avionics was monumental, and he will be truly missed.
Posted by John Infanger on October 18, 2012
Monte deserves recognition for his dedication to the industry and avionics sector. He was the face of AEA, a good man, and a professional.
Posted by John Carr on October 18, 2012
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mitchell, I am proud to be a small part of the large and successful organization that he was instrumental in creating.

Our sincere condolences to Paula, Debra, and family,
John and Evelyn Carr
Posted by Bruce Baxter on October 17, 2012
I will personally mourn the passing of my friend Monte Mitchell, he was the major influence in me becoming deeply involved with the AEA and the creation of the South Pacific region and his legacy will continue. To Paula, Debbie, Lisa and their respective families I offer my condolences, friendship and support during this sad time.
Posted by Liviu Filimon on October 17, 2012
We never met Mr. Monte Mitchell but knowing Paula and Debra which we deeply respect, we want to send our sincere condolences to the entire family.
Georgeta and Liviu Filimon,
Liviu - Avionics and Instruments, Auckland, New Zealand
Posted by Tom Storli on October 17, 2012
I was very saddened to hear the news about Monte. I remember him and his good humour with admiration and remain richer for the experience of association. To Paula, Debra, Lisa and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Bless you.

Tom Storli, Hardanger, Norway
Posted by Peter Halbauer on October 17, 2012
"When we first joined AEA and went to our first convention we had the privilege of meeting Mr. Monte Mitchell for the first time. He made us feel welcome and made it a point to check in with us during the convention. He left a lasting impression.
Our condolences to the Mitchell family during this difficult time."
Posted by Dave Salvador on October 17, 2012
Paula, Debbie, Lauren and the entire family - my thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of Monte.

I had the priveledge of meeting and knowing Monte very early in my career in aviation - what an inspiration!  His vision and leadership built the foundation of what the AEA has become today.
Posted by Carla Frsier on October 17, 2012
To my best friend Paula and the entire Monte Mitchell family -
May the many wonderful memories of Monte comfort you in the days ahead. Monte was a dear dear man who always had a great sense of humor! He will be missed by all.
Love,
Carla
Posted by Van Dardis on October 16, 2012
I never met Mr. Mitchell, but from my association with his daughters, that was my great loss!

My condolences to the Debra, Paula, Lauren and the entire family.

Fathers are always missed...
Posted by Barry LeBlanc on October 16, 2012
My thoughts are with you, it is tough to loose a loved one. Peace and Hugs to you and your loved ones, Barry
Posted by Jason DIckstein on October 16, 2012
I first met Monte in the early 1990s. He was working to establish a statute of repose for aircraft manufacturers (his efforts led to GARA in 1994 - a statute that permitted the revitalization of general aviation in America). Without Monte, the industry might not exist as it does, today; he will be remembered as an important leader in the avionics (and aviation) industry.
Posted by Leo Harelson on October 16, 2012
I have never met Mr. Mitchell, but I know his granddaughter Lauren, and she loved him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.  All my condolences to everyone and I hope he is at peace.
Posted by Jim Campbell on October 16, 2012
Hard to know what to say -- such losses are always profound and infinitely sad... until the best of your memories take over and allow you to enjoy all the times you shared. Monte was a class act and a distinctive presence in an industry that is blessed with many such wonderful/notable folks -- and even amongst them all, he stood out. God bless...
Posted by Mark Scheuer on October 16, 2012
I am saddened to here of the passing of Monte. He treated everyone he knew with great respect and always had time to talk with you. He was always interested to learn what was new in the avionics business. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, I know they loved him very much.
Posted by Luis Zermeno on October 16, 2012
Always a gentleman and a good man! He will be missed by all. His legacy lives on with Paula and Debbie.
Posted by Joel Johnston on October 16, 2012
We have lost a true icon of our industry. Monte was an AEA "Founding Father." Our deepest condolences go out to Paula and Debbie and the entire Mitchell family.
We certainly send loving thoughts in your direction at this time of great loss.
Posted by Ove Olesen on October 16, 2012
Monte,
I/we are glad to have known you as the fine and humerous person you were. We will miss you.

Birthe & Ove Olesen
Billund, Denmark
Posted by Peter Flanagan on October 16, 2012
I am so sad to hear that Mr.Mitchell has passed. It was a great pleasure to witness his life in brief when he received the AEA life time achievement award in 2007. What a man, what a visionary, what an international legacy he has left and what a wonderful family he has been surrounded by. Our best wishes to all during this difficult time from his AEA family in Australia.
Posted by Jeff Kirchhoff on October 16, 2012
My family offers your family its deepest sympathies.We love you and we are praying for you.

<< Philippians 4:7 >>
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Posted by William Brodegard on October 16, 2012
Monte was an inspiration to hundreds of avionics professionals. Thank you Monte. Our best to the family in this difficult time.
Bill Brodegard

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Posted by Gunter Hemmel on October 30, 2012
Monte, I always considered you as the grandseigneur of avionics and the mastermind behind the AEA. It has been a privilege knowing you.

My thoughts are with you Paula, Debra and the whole Mitchell family. God bless you.
Posted by Murray Allison on October 28, 2012
Having recently lost one of our own family members, we know what a difficult time this is for you all but know that soon your grief will be replaced with all of your wonderful memories. Gone but never forgotten. Our thoughts are with you all. Warmest regards to you all.
Posted by David Speer on October 24, 2012
Monte was a friend and supporter to many throughout his life, both in and out of the office. His legacy is best portrayed by the success of the people and organizations that he helped nurture throughout his life. Monte's dedication and loyalty to his family, friends and industry associates remained unwavering to the end. He will be missed!
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Of Tim and Lydia

Shared by Tom Storli on October 22, 2012

This short rememberance will not impact your view of the world, nor has it any serious import.  I just felt I'd like to share a triviality that, perhaps, shows a slice of Monte's good nature and sense of humor.

At the 29th Annual AEA Convention (Toronto, 1986) I had been asked to make a presentation on the use of CAD systems in avionics.  (Wow, using an Apple IIe, can you believe that??).

Not used to public speaking then, I was very nervous the day before.  When I confessed my trepidation to Monte he was very supportive and encouraging. 

"Tim, don't worry, you'll do fine" he said. Naturally, always busy around AEA convention times, he obviously had to remember a lot of faces and names - tough duty in the best of circumstances.  So, I didn't bother to remind him that my name is Tom, not Tim.

But it got a little worse that evening.  I introduced my (then [further details omitted :-) :-)] ) wife Linda and, as usual, Monte was polite and cordial as ever.  But he insisted on calling her "Lydia".  Again, I chose not to correct him.

Well, after my next day's presentation (along with Jim Cook and Paul DeHerrera), while feeling a great rush of relief that it was over, I bumped into Monte again.  With newfound bravado, I accosted him:  "It's Tom and Linda, not Tim and Lydia."  From then on, throughout the convention and years after, Monte always talked about Tim and Lydia.  He'd successfully turned a very minor faux pas into an ongoing good natured, humor full, delight.  Such was the man as I remember him.  May he rest in peace, awaiting perhaps, another encounter with his friend "Tim".

Tom Storli

Monte Mitchell & Bubba Hyde

Shared by Joel Johnston on October 16, 2012

I had the priviledge of addressing Monte in front of the AEA banquet crowd in Nashville in 1996 not long after he had announced that he would soon retire.  I fabricated a story that his focus on retirement had caused him to start doing strange things. I told in jest how Monte had been arrested recently for peeing in the public swimming pool and when Paula asked the arresting officer why that was an arrestable offense when everyone at some time has done it - the officer simply replied,"Umm - Not from the high dive, Maam." That was actually a set up for the song that I then sang to Monte from the stage - a Diamond Rio song originally entitled, "Barney Jekyl & Bubba Hyde" that now conveniently became "Monte Mitchell & Bubba Hyde" and elaborated on this ficticious guy with a split personality.  Monte didn't mind being the focus of our humor that evening as it was his nature to be gracious and gentlemanly to all at all times.  He is an unforgettable icon of our industry and will long be remembered and appreciated by those who were priviledged to know, love and work with him.  Go rest high on that mountain, Monte.