Wilfred G. Mitchell, a summer resident of Montauk since the 1960s, died on Sunday at his house there, surrounded by family. Mr. Mitchell had been diagnosed with dementia some time ago. He was 83.
A Marine Corps pilot during the Korean war, he was born in the Bronx to Wilfred C. Mitchell and the former Margaret E. Gardiner, and grew up in Cambria Heights, Queens, graduating from Andrew Jackson High School. He attended New York University for a year, but in 1952, with the war in Korea raging, he entered the Marines as a naval cadet pilot, and flew missions in a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk for three years until the war ended. “Mach” was his radio call name.
For the next 30 years he was active in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1985 with the rank of full colonel.
Mr. Mitchell’s entry into the reserves began a new chapter in his life. He became a commercial pilot for Pan American World Airways and United Airlines, flying jets. He met his future wife, Iris Roquette, on the job in 1963; she was a Pan Am stewardess. They were married on Feb. 20, 1964.
The couple lived during the early years of their marriage in several Connecticut towns, but, said his daughter Bonnie Swanson of Alexandria, Va., they spent every summer in Montauk, in a house on Lincoln Road built by Mr. Mitchell’s parents.
Going through one of her father’s flight log books this week with her mother, who still lives in the house, Ms. Swanson came across an entry blocking out two summer weeks with the words “August Vacation, Hello Montauk.”
“He enjoyed the beach, and the quietness of Montauk,” she said.
Mr. Mitchell flew for United until 1990, when he retired as a Boeing 747 pilot. In 2000, the Mitchells moved here full time.
In addition to his wife and Ms. Swanson, Mr. Mitchell leaves three other daughters, Lynn Haines of Laguna Beach, Calif., Darcy Phillips of Mystic, Conn., and Carol Kelly of Rockville, Md., and a son, James Mitchell of Montauk. Five grandchildren survive as well.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Montauk Community Church, with burial following at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk, with military honors. The family has suggested memorial donations for the church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk 11954, or to East End Hospice, online at eeh.org.