Clifton Ronnie Mitchell, 78, Jasper

Clifton Ronnie Mitchell, 78, of Jasper, passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, on June 4, 1940, to Archie and Sarah (Goodey) Mitchell. He married Lee Sun Ja in 1959 in Seoul, Korea. She passed away on April 11, 1997. He then married Chong Gramelspacher on July 9, 1999 in Jasper.

Clifton served in the U.S. army for 20 years, retiring in 1978. He served in Korea, Germany, Vietnam, and Panama. He was a service-connected Disabled American Veteran and a member of the VFW Post #673 in Jasper and the Disabled American Veterans Dubois County Chapter #77.  While in the Army, he served as an Ordinance Ammunition Specialist, an Administrative Specialist, a Russian and Korean linguist, an Interrogator, a Intelligence Liaison at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, and as a Senior Instructor at the U.S. Army Intelligence School. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, four awards of the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Defense Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal, the Jungle Expert Certificate, and the Defense Language Institute’s General Joseph Warren Stilwell Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. 

After retirement from the service, he was employed by FEDEX, from which he retired in 1995. He was then employed for several years by Premier Property Management in Jasper.

Mitchell attended Dyer Indiana High School (now Lake Central High School), obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, a Masters Degree from Texas Christian University, and was a two-time graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Russian and Korean language studies and an honor graduate in Korean Language studies.

He enjoyed studying history, reading biographies, and was well read in Korean studies.  He also enjoyed studying the Bible.

He was a non-denominational Christian.

Surviving are his wife, Chong Mitchell, Jasper; one son Richard Mitchell (Brenda), Russiaville; one daughter, Linda Fox (Colonel Kevin Fox), Loudon, Tennessee; one stepson, Jeffrey Kim (Hye Seong), Southborough, Massachusetts; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, James Mitchell (Linda), Crown Point, and Archie Mitchell (Jinny), Lowell.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, James Mitchell; and a brother, Charles Mitchell.

Funeral services for Clifton R. Mitchell will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.   Pastor Darrell Wineinger will officiate. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military graveside rites.   

A visitation will be held from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.  The Disabled American Veteran Chapter #77 will conduct a memorial service at noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

 




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