Ronald I. "Mitch" Mitchell, age 79, a longtime Sherrodsville, Ohio resident, died Monday afternoon, March 25, 2019 in Aultman Hospital at Canton following a period of declining health.
He was born December 10, 1939 in Dover, Ohio and was the son of the late Gilson Leroy and Bessie Agnes McDonald Mitchell. His wife, Shirley J. Mitchell, whom he married October 6, 1966, passed away on February 9, 2009. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Mitchell, a sister, Alice E. Mitchell, a nephew, James "Jamie" Mitchell and a brother-in-law Jerry Ernest.
He retired in 1988 from Deluxe Auto Body in Carrollton, Ohio where he worked as an auto body repairman for more than 30 years. For many years, Mitch and his late wife Shirley owned and operated M & M Farm at Sherrodsville where they bred, raised and sold registered quarter horses. He was a former active member of the Green Valley Ruritan Club and attended the Calvary United Methodist Church at Sherrodsville. For many years, Mitch was a fixture at the coffee tables of Dave's Diner and Baxter's General Store in Sherrodsville and he enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Mitch led a life of unique simplicity and will be missed by his friends, family, and the community.
He is survived by a sister Katherine "Kay" Ernest of Irving, Texas, a brother Steven L Mitchell of Tonawanda, New York, a sister-in-law Mrs. Diane (Dennis) Fowler of Sherrodsville, two brothers-in-law Daniel J. (Danielle) Hadorn of Solon, OH and Paul (Luana) Hadorn of Brecksville, OH, a nephew Dennis E. (Alyssa) Mitchell of Sherrodsville, five nieces Mrs. Leslie (Robert) Horsman of Irving, Texas, Mrs. Maureen (James) Baxter of Waxahachie, Texas, Laura Renicker of Dellroy, OH, Amanda Mitchell of Bowerston, OH, and Mrs. Jennifer (Mike) Booth of Sherrodsville, and number of great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 29, 2019 in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Pastor Diana Ruoff officiating. Interment next to his wife Shirley will follow in the Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Contributions in Mitch's memory may be made to the Green Valley Ruritans, which may be sent in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box #186, Sherrodsville, Ohio 44675. To leave an online condolence message please visit the funeral home website.
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