Gene D. Mitchell of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on August 28, 1929 in Abraham, Utah to parents, Melvin and Frances Tolbert Mitchell. He died on May 5, 2019 in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 89 years. Gene was raised in Abraham and later in Delta, Utah. He was united in marriage to Bonnie L. Belliston on October 3, 1951 in Ely, Nevada. He served in the United States Army in the Korean War until his honorable discharge. He returned to Utah and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a lineman and later as a signalman. They lived in Nampa, Idaho, and Kennewick, Washington before settling in Hermiston, Oregon in 1963 where they have lived since. Gene was a longtime active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. He enjoyed rodeo, horse racing, baseball (avid Mariner’s Fan), fishing, gardening, dancing, throwing horse shoes, bowling and going to the Oregon coast. Gene cherished spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter: Brenda Townsend, Lake Stevens, WA; son: Steve Mitchell, Kennewick, WA; brother: David Mitchell, Grants, New Mexico; 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie Mitchell in 2012; son: Rick Mitchell; daughter: Deborah Mitchell; grandson: Shaun Mitchell and his parents. Siblings: Gerald, Delbert, Berdene, Lawana, Vernon, Ella Mae.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1035 SE 9th St., Hermiston, OR 97838.
Burial with military honors will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.