Robert 'Gene' Mitchell
Published: Friday, February 29, 2008, Carmi Times
Robert "Gene" Mitchell, 76, Enfield, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 28,
2008 at Harrisburg Medical Center, surrounded by family.
Gene was born July 5, 1931 in Enfield, the son of Leo and Cora (Biggerstaff)
Mitchell. He married Virginia Petry on Feb. 14, 1952 at St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Mt. Carmel.
As a child, he attended Metcalf School. He was a lifetime farmer and worked
27 years at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong member of St.
Patrick's Catholic Church, where he was a 4th Degree member of the Knights
of Columbus and helped with Pre-Cana. He was also a past director of the
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and spent 32 years
working with the Farm Service Agency.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia. They have eight surviving
children and their spouses; Steve of Enfield, Jane and Mike Steed of
Bluford, Dan and Julie of Wadesville, Ind., Tony and Teresa of McLeansboro,
Nancy and Steve Thomas of Springerton, Clara and Dean Vaughn of St. Jacob,
Chris and Cathy of Enfield, and Greg and Laura of Noblesville, Ind.; 16
grandchildren, Holly Braddock, Ryan Steed, Ashley Roberts, Alecia Mahan,
Eric and Kelci Thomas, Jason and Chad Vaughn, Lindsey, Travis, Christa,
Matthew, Nicholas, Alex, Kyle and Jessica Mitchell; and six
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters and a brother-in-law,
Helena Luster, and Mary Jo and Delbert York; a brother and sister-in-law,
Bernie and Marie Mitchell; two sisters-in-law, Agnes Mitchell and Ruth
Mitchell, and a brother-in-law, Tom Hannigan. He was preceded in death by
his parents, Leo and Cora; sisters, Gertrude and Ann; brothers, Paul,
Wilford "Mitch" and John; and a daughter, Yvonne.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church
near Enfield, with burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Visitation will be from
4-8 p.m. Sunday at the church, with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus, St. Isadore
Council and the American Cancer Society. On-line condolences may be left at