Clifton Ronnie Mitchell, 78, Jasper

Clifton Ronnie Mitchell, 78, of Jasper, died Wednesday, May 1, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, June 4, 1940, to Archie and Sarah (Goodey) Mitchell. He married Lee Sun Ja in 1959 in Seoul, Korea. She died April 11, 1997. He married Chong Gramelspacher July 9, 1999, in Jasper.

Clifton served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, retiring in 1978. He served in Korea, Germany, Vietnam, and Panama. He was a service connected Disabled American Veteran, a member of VFW Post 673 in Jasper, and the Disabled American Veterans Dubois County Chapter 77. While in the Army, he served as an ordinance ammunition specialist, an administrative specialist, a Russian and Korean linguist, an interrogator, an intelligence liaison at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, and as a senior instructor at the U.S. Army Intelligence School. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, four awards of the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Defense Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal, the Jungle Expert Certificate, and the Defense Language Institute’s General Joseph Warren Stilwell Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. After retirement from the service, he was employed by FEDEX, from which he retired in 1995.  He was then employed for several years by Premier Property Management in Jasper. He attended Dyer High School (now Lake Central High School), obtained a Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland, a Masters Degree from Texas Christian University, was a two time graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Russian and Korean language studies, an honor graduate in Korean Language studies. He enjoyed studying history, reading biographies, and was well read in Korean studies. He was a non-denominational Christian and enjoyed reading the bible.

He is survived by his wife, Chong Mitchell; one son, Richard Mitchell and wife Brenda, Russiaville; one daughter, Linda Fox and husband Colonel Kevin Fox, Loudon, Tennessee; one step son, Jeffrey Kim and wife Hye Seong, Southborough, Massachusetts; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Mitchell and wife Linda, Crown Point, and Archie Mitchell and wife Jinny, Lowell.

In addition to his parents and first wife he was preceded in death by one son, James Mitchell, and one brother, Charles Mitchell.

Friends may call from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Disabled American Veteran Chapter 77 will conduct a memorial service at noon Sunday. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online contributions can be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Pastor Darrell Wineinger will officiate. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Online condolences can be shared at

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