Obituary for James "Jim" Lee Mitchell

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James "Jim" Lee Mitchell

January 4, 1937 - October 3, 2017

James “Jim” Lee Mitchell, age 80, passed away Tuesday morning, October 3, 2017 at the Franklin United Methodist Community.  He was a former resident of New Market, Indiana.Jim was born January 4th, 1937, in Crawfordsville, Indiana to the late Jacob L. and Louise (Farrow) Mitchell.  He married his second wife, Madaline Kay (Peace) McGaughey on December 21, 1984 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  She preceded him in death on February 27, 2012 after 27 devoted years of marriage.Jim retired in 2011 from the South Montgomery School Corporation where he took great pride in being a bus driver and a member of the maintenance department.  He also transported students for many athletic, band, and FFA competitions. Jim’s passion in life was farming. He began at an early age milking cows and raising crops on the family farm.  In the early 60’s, Jim raised hogs, sold seed corn and worked at the local Ladoga grain elevator.  He eventually acquired and successfully farmed around the Ladoga area before retiring in 1979 from farming.  Jim was actively involved in the Ladoga Volunteer Fire Department, and enjoyed cooking the beans over an open fire for their annual Bean Supper. He was also a member of the former Mt. Zion Methodist Church north of New Ross.  He and his wife Kay loved riding and traveling with the Lebanon Gold Wing Motorcycle Club.  He loved collecting antiques, tractor and train memorabilia, working in the garden, watching NASCAR races and attending both the Montgomery County 4-H and Indiana State Fair. He also enjoyed the time spent sitting on his front porch, waving at all who passed by.James is survived by his children, Jerry (Janice) Mitchell of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Cindy (Tony) Huhn of Jackson, Wyoming, Marsha (Brad) Keith of Morgantown, Lewis (fiance’ Tina) Mitchell of New Whiteland, Marty (Jona) McGaughey of Browns Valley, Tammy Zink of Crawfordsville, Judy (Gary) LaFoe of Crawfordsville, and David (Nancy) McGaughey of Crawfordsville; siblings: Robert (Jerilyn) Mitchell of Ladoga and Marilyn (Dale) Newhouse of Murano, Florida; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Jim was preceded in death by his wife Kay (Peace) McGaughey Mitchell; and two grandchildren.A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on November 11th at Ladoga Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made in honor of Jim to the Southmont High School FFA Department: 6425 US 231 South, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or to the Montgomery County 4-H: 400 Parke Ave, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.Cremation services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. Condolences can be sent to the Mitchell family at  Information: 812-597-4670


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Born: January 4, 1937
Died: October 3, 2017

Condolences for James “Jim” Mitchell

Marsha Keith posted on 10/7/17

I miss you so..................much. After years of suffering may you finally have peace. Love forever, your daughter.


Judy (McGaughey) LaFoe posted on 10/9/17

To my brothers and sister, I'm so sorry for all of us for our loss. Hoping we will all find peace in knowing he is with the Lord and enjoying eternity with loved ones again. Love you guys To my Mitchell family, Can't tell you enough how grateful I am that you shared your dad with me. We had a special bond that I will always cherish. He loved me, my husband and our son. He shared special little "papaw" times with our son that we will always remember. I'd like to think he's telling my dad all about it!! Jim was just a wonderful step father to me ,I loved him dearly and will truly have a void until I see him again !!! Love you all


Janet and Gary Fruits posted on 10/7/17

What a great man, enjoyed working with him at South Corporation and visiting with him and Kay. May he rest n peace. God bless


Jill Peace Hadley posted on 10/7/17

Miss Jim and Kay every day.


David & Jeanette Bradley posted on 10/7/17

Jerry,Cindy, Marsha & Lewis, we are so very sorry for your loss we will not be able to be at the grave side services we will have already left for Florida but we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all !!!! Jeanette & David