Gerald “Mitch” Mitchell, 74, of Hendersonville passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Pardee Hospital.
This is your life, Gerald Michael Mitchell:
Your mother may have called your Gerald, but the world knew you as dad and Mitch. You were a kind, gentle, humorous, and caring man. You were never a stranger to anyone. You loved to talk with anyone who would have a conversation and left them with a smile on their face. You were a man with a big heart and a generous soul. You made everyone feel welcome in your
presence. You put smiles on the faces of people around you, with your simple humor, and funny stories. You made the people closest to you laugh with your made-up language from the Island of Jibber. Anyone who was with you knew how much you loved your daughters, adored your wife Susan, and took great pride in the Inn, which you both built together, one room at a
So let’s look at your life from the beginning;
You were born to James Mitchell and Violet Schwarz Mitchell on January 13, 1946, in Marysville, Kansas not far from the Nebraska border, and just a two hours ride from the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln. So we know something must have been in the air that day…. You were the youngest of a set identical twins. You and Jerald Frances had quite the childhood playing pranks on other people, switching places, and getting into mischief. You were raised in Marysville with relatives residing on the same block, and family in nearby towns in Kansas and over the border in Nebraska. During your childhood, you did lawn service and snow removal for neighbors as well as the Catholic Church. At an early age, you helped out at home and found odd jobs to do for others around you.
Let’s take a look at who you were in school.
You did very well in elementary school. You decided here that you wanted to be a sharp dresser and started your quest to dress nicely each day. You became a cub scout, then a boy scout and went through the program all the way till you attained the rank of Eagle Scout, in Explorer Post 8, at the age of 17. Congratulations Mitch! In middle school, you went to your first Nebraska football game and enjoyed experiencing the crowd and the stadium filled with people. This experience fueled your love of everything Red and Black. In 1958, your parents divorced and two years later your father, who worked for Union Pacific Railroad, transferred to Omaha, NE. At 14, you both moved with him. He served our country in the Navy, in WWII, and was in the naval reserve for many years. This sparked an interest in you to pursue a career in the Navy. You went to Holy Name High School and graduated 6th in your class of 64. You competed in football and basketball, sang bass in the choral club, was a director of your junior class play, held class office, was a member of the National Honor Society and Sodality, was Teen of Week in December 1963, and was very active in Junior Achievement. You joined the Naval Reserve in 1963 and served for two years. You graduated high school in 1964 and enrolled at Creighton University. During your freshman year, you were nominated by Senator Roman Hruska as a principal nominee and went off to the Naval Academy. Your Civil Service Test scores were high, and your leadership positions in school were excellent. Your appointment to the Naval Academy was a dream come true. You proudly went off to Annapolis and completed 3 years in engineering there. After leaving the Academy early, you completed your business degree at the The University of Maryland and stayed in that area. During this time you joined a friend in business, selling copper giftware from Europe. You spent many
weekends on the road, at trade shows and convention centers, throughout the East and Midwest, using your salesmanship skills. Apparently you were so good at selling that you could not keep anything in stock!
So here comes your love life Mitch!
In 1970, you returned home to Omaha where your father and brother were living. You hung out with Jerald and his wife and then met your first wife Cindy. You were married in 1976, the 200th anniversary of our country. Two years later your family began to grow. In 1978, Lindsey, your precious first daughter was born. She now lives in Chicago with her husband Christopher. Lindsey works as an Associate Director of Student Administration Services at North Park University. In 1980, Kristie came into this world to light up your life. She lives in Omaha with her husband Monte. Kristie is The Director of Philanthropy at The Methodist Hospital Foundation. In 1982, your last bundle of joy, was born and brought even more happiness into your world. Megan lives in Omaha with her husband Jason. These two are both amazing entrepreneurs, founding and running the companies Organize, Inc, The Lucky Bucket Brewery, and Cut Spike distillery I know you loved wearing the gear they gave you and of course you would brag about their business to anyone. Megan also helped you implement your marketing strategies and did the social media for the Inn.
You loved your three daughters deeply. Leaving them in the divorce in 1986 was extremely painful. You made sure they had all they needed. Your love and support may not have been at the forefront, but you did everything in your power to make sure your 3 little girls were taken care of properly. You enjoyed your weekends with them and came up with fun activities to do
together. As your beautiful daughters grew into strong and successful women I know you were extremely proud and would have liked to shared in their lives more. Time and their distancing made it hard to share in their lives, and I know you missed them dearly. You loved to tell stories about them and brag on their accomplishments as all loving fathers do.
So what did you do for a living, Mitch?
During your lifetime you worked many different jobs and had various careers. You worked at Northwestern Bell, where you were successful in sales. You became a Commercial Real Estate Agent, where you bought and sold real estate for your property management company, drove a limo for a friend, sold office furniture where you met your second wife Sue, ran a small contractor business, and then moved to Hendersonville NC to lovingly transform a rundown group home into an elegant bed and breakfast. Your experiences in construction and rental property maintenance enabled you to tackle each and every task needed through out the full remodel of the Inn. Wow! What a career, Mitch! But that is not the end…. You and Sue moved to Hendersonville, North
Carolina to follow a dream. You both wanted to run a bed and breakfast. After searching near and far, you found the right house in the right neighborhood. It needed your tender loving care. Together with the help of Sue’s parents, you built a remarkable Bed and Breakfast. It took time and effort, dedication, sacrifice, love and the right touch, to build this business that you worked in till the end of your life. You loved waiting for your guests up in the perch, welcoming them to your home, checking them in, and showing them the house, and then to their beautiful rooms. You were so proud of your accomplishments and it always showed. The next morning you were there to greet your guests, in your pressed Aunt Adeline’s shirt, and serve them the delicious breakfasts that Sue designed and created. Guests were always happy to talk with you, and you made sure all their needs were taken care of quickly. Your pleasant personality usually turned your guests into friends. Many returned to stay and you enjoyed catching up with them. Sitting on the porch in the evenings, rocking in the big white rockers, talking and laughing with guests, was one of
your pleasures in life.
What did you enjoy in life Mitch?
You loved to read mysteries and westerns, play golf, and watch Nebraska Football. You were a loyal Cornhusker fan no matter what kind of season they were having. You enjoyed finding treasures at thrift stores and garage sales. The art of the deal made these shopping experience fun for you. You enjoyed a good meal out and always looked dapper when you took Sue out on the town. We know you loved to eat and that never changed throughout your life. Your appetite was always bigger than most. You were never picky about your meals and Sue made sure you ate well.
Each winter you would take a vacation to a destination with a beach. You always got an ocean front room. You loved to watch the water move in and waves crash on the shore. The sounds of the birds and water soothed your soul. Taking these trips in the winter months meant there were fewer people around and you enjoyed the restful pace of the place you explored. Being away from the inn gave you a way to recharge and be ready for the new season to begin. At home, you enjoyed crossword puzzles, drinking an iced cold Coke, or hot tea while you talked around the kitchen table with family. While you and Sue were together in Omaha, you took Ballroom Dance classes and you both had great fun traveling to dances in small towns in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas to dance the night away. You were an honest man who worked hard all his life. You overcame many obstacles and lived with some disappointments. Your love of God and your fellow man, showed up daily, in your interactions with other people. You were dearly loved by your wife Susan and surrounded by family members who loved you. When family came to the Inn, your were the ultimate host.
You entertained them and made everyone laugh and feel at home.
You were a favorite with neighbors, church members, guests at the Inn, and even the mailman. You were easy to talk to and interacted well with people in town every day. No one was a stranger to you and you loved it that way. The Inn is not the same anymore. It is very quiet. Your voice no longer echoes through the front hall. Your laughter is no longer heard in the kitchen and dining room. Your apron hangs in the kitchen and the swinging door is still. The guests do not come and your memories are all we have left in the Inn. Your material things may remain in the house, but your spirit, your humor, your laughter, and your love will carry us through these days without you. We will all be together this weekend and we will celebrate the life you made
and shared with each of us. You were special to each of us in your own way and we will reminisce about your life with each other this evening. We will miss you each day, and take our memories of you and the Inn with us when we leave this weekend.
We will love you always Gerald Michael Mitchell.
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
Shuler Funeral Home Chapel
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