Obituary of E.R. "Russell" Mitchell
Rev. Ernest Russell Mitchell was surrounded by his loving family in his home when he received his heavenly reward at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. The youngest of thirteen children, he was born on November 2, 1918, in Cape Charles, Virginia, to Willard and Bessie Mitchell. At the age of 15, he joined his brother, Roland, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He attended and graduated from Peoples Bible School. On December 24, 1941, he married Leora Belle Loughmiller, who predeceased him in 1988. He then married Phyllis Ihrkey on January 19, 1991.
He had 50 years of ministry: Miamisburg, Ohio; East Palestine, Ohio; Toronto, Canada; Hillsboro, Wisconsin; Salem, Ohio; Covington, Kentucky; and Hartford City, Indiana. After his active retirement, he assumed the position of interim pastor, held many funerals, and married close family friends.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; 4 children, Carolyn (Tom) Wilson, Ovid, Michigan, Everett (Valerie) Mitchell, Loxahatchee, Florida, Loretta (Phil) Enlow, Anderson, Indiana, and Sharon Allene (Bob) Marcum, Chatfield, Ohio; 8 grandchildren, Tom (Nancy) Wilson, Christine (Chuck) Toner, Rich (Loura) Tippey, Rob (Melinda) Tippey, Eric (Melissa) Mitchell, Ryan Tippey, Kim Marcum, and Amanda (Greg) Potts; 19 great-grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Russell, Amy Enlow Purciful, Lori (Justin) Shuck, and Derek Enlow; 8 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Westview Wesleyan Church, 1300 W. 6th St., Jonesboro.
A celebration of life service is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the church with one hour visitation prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. The Revs. Don Glenn and Rob Tippey will be officiating with burial following in Park Cemetery, Fairmount.
Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Indiana Wesleyan University, c/o Rev. E. Russell Mitchell Ministerial Scholarship, 4201 S. Washington St., Marion, IN 46953.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
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