Gerald Ralph Mitchell, 70, of Jacksonville, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born July 28, 1942, in Jacksonville, the son of Ralph B. and Lena M. Rueter Mitchell. He married Janet E. Swanson on Sept. 21, 1963, at the family farm.
Surviving is his wife, Janet Mitchell of Jacksonville; son, Justin Mitchell of Jacksonville; daughter, Amy Mitchell (husband, John Hatle) of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Rudy and Reid Hatle; and one sister, Catherine Taylor of Springfield. His parents preceded him in death.
Gerald was a lifelong farmer in Scott County. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the VFW.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Daws Family Funeral Home in Winchester, with interment at Bowers Cemetery near Alsey. Visitation will be Friday after 2 p.m., with the family meeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Prairie Land Heritage Museum Institute or the Passavant Hospital Nursing Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be left online at www.dawsfuneralhome.com.
Daws Family Funeral Home, Winchester
657 North Main
Winchester, IL 62694
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Apr. 11, 2013