Lawrence Mitchell

August 23, 1936 ~ May 24, 2018 (age 81)

Lawrence F. Mitchell 81, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 4:15 A.M. Thursday May 24, 2018 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

He was born on August 23, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Ernest and Virginia (Baird) Mitchell. He married Dorothy Jean Mueha on September 22, 1956. She preceded him in death. On October 30, 1999, in Rochester, Indiana, he married Marilyn Sue (Mathias) Zartman and she survives.

Lawrence retired from Dean Foods Company in August of 2000 after twenty four years as Plant Engineer. He later worked for Council on Aging as a Transpo mini bus driver for seven years.

He had served in the Illinois National Guard 33rd Division 208th Field Artillery for three years and the Fifth Army Reserves for two years. He had been a member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge and V.F.W. Post all off Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Mitchell, Logansport, Indiana, step-children, Cheryl (Phil) Oliver, Logansport, Indiana, Susan (Steve) Skidmore, Rochester, Indiana, Marty (Joyce) Zartman, Avon, Indiana, granddaughters, Jennifer Todd, Autumn Petrie, grandson, Mitchell Petrie, step- grandchildren, great grandchildren, Kaya Frost and Luca Rodriguez. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Debra Ann (Mitchell) Petrie, Laura Jean (Mitchell) Todd, brothers, Charles Mitchell, Ernest Mitchell, sisters, Elizabeth Pietrowski, Shirley Carpenter Fuhrman, three nephews, Charles Mitchell Jr., Ernest Mitchell Jr. and Philip Mitchell.

Private interment will take place at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at

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