May 28, 2024

Mitchell Aanden

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Mitchell Aanden, age 60, of Litchfield, MN, passed away Monday, July 31, 2023 at his residence in Litchfield.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 11, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Herman, MN with Rev. Scott Richards officiating. Organist will be Olivia Richards with special music by Greg Sperr. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, rural Herman, MN. Honorary urn bearers will be Jay Sheets, Nic Magnuson, Todd Dobberstein, Chris Vettel, Isaac Hanson, Alex Hanson and Sam Hanson.

Mitchell Eric Aanden, son of John and Arlene Aanden, was born October 27, 1962 in Morris, MN. He spent his childhood in Herman and was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church. He graduated from Herman High School in 1981 where he participated in track and band. Following High School, he attended the School of Broadcasting at Brown College in Minneapolis, graduating with a degree in Electronics/Broadcast Engineering.

Mitchell started his career traveling the United States as a Sound Technician for the Britton Brothers band, followed by the Johnny Holm Band. He was then hired to install the sound system at the Minnesota State Capitol building. The last 24 years, he has worked at IRD Glass in Litchfield, MN, most recently as a Thin Films Technician.

Mitchell had many passions in life; from mixing and recording music, to running fireworks shows, to chasing storms and to communicating on ham radio (KC0JFY) with people all over the world, including astronauts while in space. He loved the community of Litchfield and the life that he built there.

He is survived by his mother, Arlene Aanden, of Herman; his sister, Lisa (Greg) Hanson of Cottage Grove; nephews Isaac (Sonya) Hanson of Cottage Grove, Alex Hanson of Woodbury and Sam Hanson of Cottage Grove; grandniece Harper Hanson and grandnephew Logan Hanson; aunts, Anne Marie Aanden of Eden Prairie, Luverne (Jim) Vettel of Caledonia, ND and Marian Eidsmoe of Forest Grove, OR. Mitchell is also survived by his former wife, Robin Fickel of Litchfield; stepdaughters Haley (Jason) Malherek and Caitlin Fickel; and step-grandchildren RaeLynn, McKenna, Elaina and Dalen. In addition, he is survived by many dear cousins, extended family and friends.

Preceded in death by his father, John Aanden; grandparents Oscar and Agnes Aanden and Melvin and Ethel Eidsmoe, stepson David Fickel and uncles Bernard Aanden and Myles Eidsmoe.

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