Robert Mitchell


Robert L. Mitchell, 91, of Ottumwa, died August 9, 2020 at his home.

He was born April 1, 1929 in Des Moines to Henry Jack and Iva Marie Stephani Mitchell. Bob married JoAnne E. Costello on May 9, 1953.

Bob graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Central College where he played football.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving as a pilot flying F-86 fighter jets during the Korean War. Bob owned and operated R.L. Mitchell & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning for over 30 years and taught at Indian Hills Community College.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where he served on the school board and played softball and basketball on the church teams. Bob and JoAnne enjoyed providing a home on their lake for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to swim, fish and kayak.

Bob is survived by JoAnne Mitchell and their children, Bob Mitchell of Madrid, IA, Tom (Terri) Mitchell of Ottumwa, Anne (Tom) Murphy of Altoona, Sue (Jennifer) Mitchell-Stout of Ottumwa, Tony (Joan) Mitchell of Collierville, TN, John (Tracey) Mitchell of Ottumwa, Margaret Mitchell (Brent Witmer) of Ottumwa, and Julie Anne Mitchell (Ron Colson) of Cedar Falls; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Charles Mitchell Sr. and a sister, Eleanor Marie Goodman.
Limited open visitation will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, August 13th at Reece Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. For those wanting to view the service, you may watch it on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.

Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Whatsoever You Do, Inc., 105 S. Iowa Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501.

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