Richard J. Mitchell, 81, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on Thursday, June 8, 2023. He was born May 6, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., to Joseph and Mary Juanita (Webb) Mitchell. He married Jo Ann Poivey on Jan. 20, 1962, in Gillespie. She preceded him in death on May 30, 2020.

He was a retired pipefitter for Shell Refinery. Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Gillespie and Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 217. He was a former member of the Macoupin County Board and Illinois Valley Association.

He is survived by his children, Patricia (Jeffrey) McDaniels of Gillespie, Linda (Donald Scott) Mock of Gillespie, Kelly Hunt of Gillespie; grandchildren, Chris (Kimberley) Miller, Justin Robertson, Hannah Mock, Richard (Ricky) Mock, Samantha McDaniels, Garrett Hunt, Rebecca Crays, Griffin Crays, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Sandy (Sam) Henslee of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mary (J.C.) Stevens of Franklin, Ohio. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Edward Mitchell; and sister, Sharon Peck.

A gravesite service will be on Thursday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Gillespie.

Memorials are suggested to Gillespie Benld Area Ambulance Service. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is in charge of arrangements.

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