February 11, 1925 - June 10, 2008
SHREVEPORT, LA- A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Robert Lane Mitchell at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans at 1:30 P. M. on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Officiating will be Father Peter Mangum and Father Karl Daigle. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home from 5:00 - 6:30 with a Rosary at 6:30 on Wednesday, June 11.
Born February 11, 1925, "Bob" Mitchell was predeceased by a son, Robert Preston Mitchell, and by his parents, Henry Lane Mitchell and Lillian O'Brien Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Martha Palmer Mitchell, and their children Francis Lane Mitchell and wife Sylvia, Kathleen ("Tookie") Mitchell Barr and husband Baker, Paul David Mitchell, Kathy Mitchell, Martha Lillian ("Millie") Mitchell, Patrick Thomas Mitchell and wife Cathy.
Twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson cherish the memory of their "Deedee": Michael Lane Mitchell, wife Valeria, and their son Alexander Lane Mitchell; Carter Patrick Mitchell, John Baker Barr III and wife Kathleen, Erin Barr Christensen and husband Eric, Brian Timothy Barr, Lisa Mitchell Berry and husband Michael, Paul David Mitchell II, Robert Fletcher Thomas, Graham Patrick Thomas, Trent Palmer Thomas, Emily Lauren Mitchell and Kelly Patrick Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell graduated from St. John's High School and attended Centenary College and West Point Academy before enlisting in the United States Army. After the war, he graduated from L.S.U., where he was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Order. Subsequently, he established Paramount Agency Insurance, a successful enterprise that became a lifelong career. Mr. Mitchell was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
His interests and loves were many. He began flying at the age of 15 and soloed at 16, honing skills that occasionally got him into trouble, such as doing "touch and goes" on the par 5 at Querbes golf course and diving at sailboats on Cross Lake.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed these sports with his family. His love of animals and nature was evident in his many and varied pets throughout his life. He was also a talented artist and kept a notebook of sketches, many humorous. His wonderful Irish wit served him well throughout his life, even at its end. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Special thanks to St. Joseph Hospice, Jerome Cox, Ph.D., and wife Linda Cox, R. N., Shirley Carter, C. N. A., and Karen Antala for their devoted care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Loyola College Prep, The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, St Joseph Catholic Church or Providence House.