Robert Mitchell, 83 years old of Portland, New York passed away on Monday afternoon, April 8.2019 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Newark, New York on August 14, 1935 and was the son of the late Elton and Edna Stebbins Mitchell. After completion of High School, he enlisted with the United States Navy in August of 1954 and served his Country actively in the Korea and the Vietnam conflicts and continued after his active duty in the Naval Reserves until February of 1974. He received many awards for his service among which were the Navy Unit Commendation Medal , the Good Conduct Award five times, National Defense Service Award with the Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign with the Bronze Star, the Navy Expeditionary Award, three awards for expert riflemen-ship and three awards for expert pistolmenship. Lastly, Robert was aboard the United States Forestall during the the Historic Fire on July 29, 1967 where he saved several Midshipman's lives. He was also in the Civil Air Patrol. After leaving active service he worked as a Fork Lift Operator for Red Wing Co. of Fredonia, New York until his retirement. Robert was a past member of the Brocton and Portland Fire Departments, a member of the The American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York, a member of several Fish and Game Clubs and a member of the amateur Trap Shooting Assn. Robert also enjoyed Hunting, fishing, shooting skeet and gardening
He is survived by one daughter; Phoebe (Jonathon) Long of Sheridan, New York, one son ; Jay Mitchell of Stockton, New York, five grandchildren ; Summer Marie Mitchell, Anthony Thomas Mitchell, Lyle Michael Mitchell, Marah Elizabeth Long and Jonathon Matthew Long. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Mickey Eileen Mitchell who passed away February 10, 2019 and one son Jed Elton Mitchell who passed away September 30, 1986.
A graveside service will take place on Monday April 15, 2019 at 11 am at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery where Full Military Honors will be accorded to Robert by the members of the American Legion John W. Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York and where the American Flag will be presented to his son Jay by Chaplin Fran Lus.There will be no prior visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials in his honor be made to the Brocton Fire Dept., Lake Ave., Brocton, New York 14716 or the Portland Fire Dept., West Main Rd. Rt 20. Portland, New York 14769.