William “Pug” Eugene Mitchell passed away at Logan County Senior Center in Oakley on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at the age of 83. He was born April 10, 1939 in Beloit. He was the son of William Arthur Mitchell and Edna Sophronia (Colby) Mitchell.
Pug began his life in Beloit and at the age of three he moved with his family to Tribune where he spent his entire life living. He attended Tribune Grade School and Tribune High School where he graduated in 1958. He went on to further his education attending a technical school in St. Louis, Missouri, studying mechanics for a short time. He returned to Tribune in 1959 where he would pursue a job in the mechanic industry. He then met and married the love of his life Patricia Kay Doty on March 17, 1961 in Tribune. To this union three children were born: Ralph Eugene, Robin Kay, and Rocky Allen. He worked at various places before becoming employed at John Deere as a combine technician, where he was employed from 1970 to 1993. Later that same year, he began working at Myers Implement until 2005. He then went to work for the Greeley County Landfill where he was employed until 2022. He never officially retired because he was always one that wanted to stay busy and socialize with people. He really enjoyed living in Horace and resided there until his passing.
Pug was a 4-H leader, a councilman for the City of Horace, and a member of the Greeley County Cemetery Board. He enjoyed putting models together, working on lawn mowers, fixing broken things for anyone, talking to people, working with his hands, square dancing, bowling, going to casinos, and he never knew a stranger. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, grandkids, and great grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his father, William Arthur Mitchell; his mother, Edna Sophronia (Colby) Mitchell; one brother, Benard James Mitchell; two sisters, Carol Fultz and Rosie Cross; one sister-in-law, Patsy Mitchell; and one brother-in-law, Sid Hays.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Kay Mitchell of Horace; two sons, Ralph (and wife Allison) Mitchell of Sharon Springs; Rocky (and wife Stacy) Mitchell of Topeka; one daughter Robin Mitchell and Kenny Zerr of Tribune; two brothers, Joseph Mitchell of Tampa, Florida; David (and wife Joyce) Mitchell of Lawrence; three sisters, Lucille (and husband Roger) Bitner of Marion; Kathy (and husband Jerry) Slover of Jacksonville, Florida; and Connie Hays of Alamo, Texas; five grandchildren, Heather Mitchell Mowrer of Rossville; Andrew Reuber of Atwood; Nathan Mitchell of Emporia; Rachelle Mitchell of Overland Park; Cole Mitchell of Topeka; six great-grandchildren; and numerous family members and friends.
A Rosary was held on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Tribune.
Mass Funeral Service was held on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tribune, Kansas. Burial followed with graveside services at the Greeley County Cemetery in Tribune.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Greeley County Cemetery in care of Fellers Funeral Home LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
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