Roger Mitchell

Roger Mitchell
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Roger W. Mitchell, 86, of Freeburg, IL, born May 23, 1933, in Thayer, MO, died Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Evelyn’s House, BJC Hospice, St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Mitchell was a teacher and band director at Freeburg Community High School from 1961 to 1966, and later was employed by the State of Illinois before he retired in 1992.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran.  Mr. Mitchell’s career after teaching was with the State of Illinois Job Service, mostly in management positions that included teaching employees and counseling applicants.

Roger and his cousin Roscoe Mitchell researched and compiled an extensive genealogy book, discovering relatives across the globe as far back as the year 885. Roger and his wife Pat, together with friends Maryanne and Ron Ayers, Shirley and Dale Wachtel, and Brenda and Gordon Bingham toured the world together visiting all of Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and more. For eight years Roger performed with the Masterworks Carole, where his version of Music of the Night was unforgettable. A survivor of both lung cancer and prostate cancer, Roger will be forever remembered for his musicianship, his dry humor, and his love of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Della Mae, nee Burrows, Mitchell; one brother, John Lewis Mitchell; one sister, Wilma Jean Mitchell Thompson; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Patricia S. Mitchell, nee Ahlf, whom he married on May 14, 1960;
one son, David S. (Katie) Mitchell of Freeburg, IL;
one daughter, Angela K. (Chris) Mitchell Gruchala of Marietta, GA;
and four grandchildren, Rylan (Nichole) Mitchell, Elaina Mitchell, Ashley Gruchala, and Jordan Gruchala.

Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Community High School Band Boosters. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, September 2, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 2, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.

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10 Comments on Roger Mitchell

JANE OELTJEN SELF said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2019 at 12:55 AM

I want to express sympathy to the Roger Mitchell family at this time of their loss. I hope he knew how important he was in bringing music appreciation into many lives. He used his talents and time to help improve the skills of many students and his participation as our church choir director served as an example of service. When he came to our class of '65 fiftieth reunion, my friends and classmates were honored and happy to have him attend. We were blessed to have known him.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2019 at 9:03 PM

Pat, I always enjoyed seeing Roger whether in concert or ask a part of tbe audience in recent years. I remember our rides to rehearse in St Louis to perform with the Symphony, and the Madrigal Feastes, and the Broadway Concerts. He has now joined the Great Chorus we all strive to be a part of. Bravo Roger ! Bravo!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2019 at 9:03 PM

Pat, I always enjoyed seeing Roger whether in concert or as a part of the audience in recent years. I remember our rides to rehearse in St Louis to perform with the Symphony, and the Madrigal Feastes, and the Broadway Concerts. He has now joined the Great Chorus we all strive to be a part of. Bravo Roger ! Bravo!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Max Evans said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2019 at 12:55 AM

Condolences to Pat and family. I grew up with Roger. Thayer High School and Thayer Christian Church.

  • The Woodlands
  • Texas
Terry and Charlotte Walther said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. It has been wonderful knowing Roger for nearly 40 years. We attended many shows with him at the Rep, the Sheldon, and the Hett. We were blessed to hear about his children and grandchildren as they grew up. Being part of our couples Bridge Club was very special to us. May God give the family comfort and peace. He is truly missed by all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Robert Wilson said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2019 at 12:12 AM

I have been so interested in our ancestry for so long, all because of Roger and Roscoe. I got the pleasure of meeting my ancestry HERO just a couple years ago. For me it was magic. My Meeting with Roger and his dear wife was nothing short of what I imagined. Thank you and Rest In Peace my friend!

  • Farmington
  • MO
Betty and Mark said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2019 at 11:09 PM

David and Katie we are sorry for the loss of your father. May wonderful memories help you through this difficult time .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rex Egelston said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2019 at 6:15 PM

David, Elinor and I extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies, Your father will be greatly missed by many. May God be with you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Shirl & Jean Strauser said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2019 at 4:52 PM

Thinking of the Mitchell family, our dear friends, during this sad time. God be with you.

  • Jonesboro
  • AR
Mark and Lynn Vasquez said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2019 at 9:48 PM

David & Katie...our sincere sympathy to your family.

  • Marissa
  • IL

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