George Montgomery "Monty" Mitchell, 84, of Lewisville, Texas and previously of Livingston, Texas passed away, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Highland Village, Texas. Monty was born May 3, 1928 in Wellsville, NY to Montgomery and Rebea Mitchell. He was the oldest of four children. Monty was preceded in death by his wife, Marion in September 2010; his parents; and a brother, Richard "Dick" Mitchell.
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Monty graduated from Penn State University in 1949 with a BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and moved to Texas to begin his career in the Oil and Gas industry working as a Field Production Engineer for Continental Oil Company. In 1953 he moved back to Pennsylvania and later to New Jersey where he began a rewarding career with Stone and Webster Management Consultants. In 1971 he returned to Texas to work for Transco Companies, Inc as President, CEO and Director until 1974. His career in the Oil and Gas Industry spanned 49 years working primarily as a management consultant, corporate executive, and serving on the Board of Directors of EnergySouth, Inc. and EnergyWest, Inc. In 1975 he was a recipient of the Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by Penn State University.
In 1950 Monty married Marion Hall and together they raised four children. Monty was active in a number of community and civic organizations including Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Memorial Point Utility District, and the Episcopal Church. He was quick to greet everyone with a genuinely friendly smile and warm handshake. He was a "jolly good fellow".
Monty is survived by his daughters, Nora Bergfield and her husband, Randy of Double Oak, TX and Karen Krauskopf and her husband, David of Leawood, Kansas; sons, Chuck Mitchell and his wife, Sally of Perth, Australia and Philip Mitchell of Volente, Texas; sister, Connie Madara and her husband, Sam of Moorestown, New Jersey; brother, David Mitchell and his wife, Ellen of Edwards, Colorado; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.
A service honoring and celebrating the life of Monty Mitchell will be held Saturday March 2 , 2013 beginning at 11 am at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 836 West Jones Street, Livingston, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church or the Four Diamonds Fund a childhood cancer-centered charitable organization. (www.pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds/home)
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 17, 2013