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James Edward Mitchell, 76, of Earlville, IL passed away on March 16, 2023. James was born on May 24, 1946 in Litchfield, IL to James and Velma (Carter) Mitchell. He graduated from Gillespie High School in 1964. He enlisted in the Army right out of High School. He went in to be a parachutist and then went on to become a Welder. After he left the service, he owned and worked at a Shell Gas Station for several years then went to work at Chicago Northwestern Rail Service, which became Union Pacific, as an Engineer. He would go on and retire from there in 2006.
James was a member of the Mendota Elks Club and the Earlville Country Club. He was an avid fisherman and golfer. He also enjoyed playing cards, riding motorcycles and loved his dog's, Penny and Faith, and watching birds. James also had a passion for shooting, hunting and guns.
James is survived by his wife, Nancy Mitchell; 4 children, Kerrie (Matt Marschke) Mitchell of Edwardsville, Craig (Kerri) Mitchell of Mt. Olive, Kevin (Corina Arentson) Mitchell of Staunton and Daniel (Martha) Martin of Plano; 8 grandchildren, Connor, Olivia, Logan, Ian, Katelyn, Cole, Joshua and Abigail; As well as 1 sister, Marilyn Easton of Mt. Carmel.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Beverage Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.beveragefamilyfh.com
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