H ugh Albert Mitchell was born on July 20, 1946 in Sabetha, Kansas to Willa (Cornwell) Mitchell and Hugh Ashley Mitchell. He never had a relationship with his father as Hugh Ashley left his mother before he was born. Hugh and his mother lived his first eight years with his grandpa and grandma Cornell in Fairview, Kansas. When Hugh turned eleven, his mother married Curtis Ramsey who became the father he never had.
Hugh graduated from Fairview High School with the Class of 1964. In May of 1966, Hugh married Susan Bestwick. Two children were born to this union, Douglas and Jacqueline. They later divorced. In September of 1977, Hugh married Diana Schmitt. Two children were born to this union, Jesse and Kari.
Hugh worked at and managed the Quality Oil Station (on the Hill) for 13 years. He worked at Mac Equipment for 10 years and lastly for USD #441 as custodian and bus driver for 16 years until he developed end stage renal disease and began dialysis. Hugh was a member of the Church of Christ in Sabetha since 1976 and drove the church bus for many years. He served as Sabetha Finance Commissioner since 1997. Hugh never knew a stranger and was loved by all. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Hugh passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the age of 66. Her was preceded in death by his mother, Willa in 1998; his wife, Diana in October of 2010. Hugh is survived by his children, Douglas Mitchell of Sabetha, Jacqueline Epple and her husband, Rodney of Wichita, Kansas, Jesse Mitchell and his wife, Rhonni of Sabetha and Kari Reeves and her husband, Curtis of Sabetha; grandchildren, Charlotte Worden and her husband, James, Debra Thompson, Hayley Mitchell, Ethan Mitchell, Cody Mitchell and Ashdan Reeves; great grandchildren, Gregor Brassfield, Elizabeth Brassfield and Jaxon Brassfield.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Sabetha. A visitation will be Tuesday evening 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. The interment will be made in the Albany Cemetery north of Sabetha. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Nutrition Center or the Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice sent in care of the funeral home.