Upon graduation from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, he received the Family Practice Award for the most outstanding student in Family Practice Medicine. He served his internship at Broadlawn's Polk County Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa from 1966-1969. After, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Elsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota for two years. He was a member of the Strategic Air Command support group and particpated in medical care for B52 bomber pilots and their families during the Vietnam War. He then practiced medicine in Chadron, Nebraska from 1969 until 1973. On August 7, 1973, he married his wife, Janice and together they raised two daughters, Julie and Christy. He joined Nevada Medical Clinic that same year where he finished his career in 2003.
Dr. Magruder was a member of the Nevada Regional Medical Center staff from 1973-2003 and the NRMC Foundation from 2005-2010. He was appointed by Governor Ashcroft in 1990 to the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, where he served until 1996. He served as medical director of Park Care Manor from it's opening in 1994 until 2003, and was Assistant Medical Director at Nevada Manor for many years. Dr. Magruder was a member of the West Central Missouri Medical Society, Missouri State Medical Association, American Medical Association, Nevada Elks Lodge, First Baptist Church, and American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Jan of the home, two daughters, Julie Scotten (Troy) Nevada, Missouri, and Christy Wong (Howie) Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, seven grandchildren, Jordan Cauthon (Anthony), Evan Wong (Margaret), Taylor Scotten (Paije), Brendon Wong, Katie Wong, Janna Scotten (Klay), and Melinda Wong, and six great-grandchildren, Paizlei, Scottie, Trigger, Sawyer, Knox and Kooper.
He is also survived by his brother, Jack Magruder Kirksville, Missouri, sister-in-law, Ilene Magruder Fort Dodge, Iowa, sister-in-law Susan Gold (Larry) Council Bluffs, Iowa, brother-in-law Steve Lecher (Diane) Chadron, Nebraska, brother-in-law Curt Lecher (Mary) Chadron, Nebraska, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one brother.
Mitch was dedicated to his family and community, and was fortunate to have spent his life in the company of wonderful colleagues and lifelong friends. He will be missed by many.
In honor of Mitch, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Nevada with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Newton Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday evening at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.
Memorials are suggested in his memory to the Charity of your Choice c/o Ferry Funeral Home.