AEA Mourns Loss of Former Association President and Industry Icon, Monte R. Mitchell

Mitchell served first as the AEA executive director, then as president of the association from 1977 to 1996; he passed away Oct. 16, 2012, in Lee's Summit, MO, at the age of 83, following a brief illness.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mitchell served his country in the Korean War. He was a deacon and member of the Noland Road Baptist Church in Independence, Mo.

"I know from personal experience that Monte Mitchell devoted his entire professional career to serving the general aviation avionics industry," said Paula Derks, AEA president, and one of Mitchell's three surviving daughters. "He was respected and trusted by aviation professionals, and his knowledge and dedication to avionics made him a powerful leader in our industry. He truly loved serving and guiding the vision and mission of the AEA, and he will be dearly missed by so many friends and family."

A memorial website is available for family and friends to leave a tribute at

A visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9:30-11 a.m. CDT 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.

Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents more than 1,300 member companies, including government-certified international repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.


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