Obituary of Mitchell Kitchings
Mitchell Kitchings, age 92 former Idabel resident passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Pearland, TX. He was born on June 4, 1925 in Grand Bayou, LA, the son of Grover Cleveland Kitchings and Laura Love (Henson) Kitchings.
Mitchell joined the Army at 17 years old and proudly served his country in the 82nd Airborne during WWII. He never spoke a negative word about his service to his country nor the time spent in POW Camp Stalag VIIA in Germany.
He worked in the oilfield from 1947-1961 in east Texas, Gulf of Mexico and eventually Venezuela. He returned to the USA and owned the Mountain Cabins north of Broken Bow and later a wrecker business and service station in Idabel. During this time he also worked as a sheriff’s deputy until 1974. He returned to the oilfield work which he loved, living round the world working as a toolpusher until retiring in 1986. He lived in Onalaska, TX for a while before moving to Pearland in 2002.
Mitchell was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the VFW, American Legion and Blind Veterans organizations.
A Good caring man who always wanted to tease and make people laugh. He was a talker and never met a stranger. Mitchell was a wonderful husband, daddy and PeePaw and he will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Irene Kitchings; brothers, Rudolph, J.W., Kenneth and Grover C. Jr.; and sisters, Margaret LeSeur and Louise Kitchings.
Mitchell is survived by his wife, Bobbie Kitchings of Pearland, TX; a daughter Becky Brock (Gary) of Idabel, OK; grandson, Todd Gilbert (Heidi) of Stillwater, OK; granddaughter, Chanta Moran (Adam) of Idabel, OK; great-grandson, Dakota Gilbert of Moore, OK; step-great-grandson, Jake McLain of Idabel, OK; step-great granddaughter, Kayla McLain of Stillwater, OK; step-daughter Debbie Klein (Frank) of Houston, TX; step-grandson, Scott Klein (Elizabeth) of The Colony, TX; step-grand-daughters Shelly Lesco (Sean) of Pearland, TX, Samantha Capehart (Ron) of Corsicana, TX; 8 step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews as well as many friends around the world.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the White Family Chapel in Idabel, OK. Interment with military honors will follow at the Denison Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel prior to the funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm.