Craig A. “Cowboy” Mitchell

August 31, 1956 ‒ February 18, 2004

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Craig Allen “Cowboy” Mitchell, 47, of Bellville, died Wednesday morning February 18, 2004 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

He was born August 31, 1956 in Mansfield, was graduated from Madison Comprehensive High School in 1974, and attended North Central State College.

For the past 26 years, Cowboy had worked with Artesian Industries, which became Crane Plumbing, first in the kiln department, later in bench castings and finally as a maintenance worker in the water treatment plant. He was a member of CWA-IUE local #719.

A lifelong Richland County resident, Cowboy was a child of the 60’s…a longhaired hippie, who embraced that culture.

Somewhat of a loner, Harley Davidson motorcycles were a genuine passion: he treasured his 1948 Pan Head Chopper and 1968 Shovel Head Full Dress Hogg.

Exceeding his love of cycles was his devotion as a husband, commitment as a father, and dedication as a son.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie L. (Barney) Mitchell, to whom he pledged his love on September 29, 1978, and was married on June 16, 1979; their daughters Maggie M. Mitchell of Mankato, Minnesota and Miranda M. Mitchell of Columbus; his parents Rollie and Betty (Burkholder) Mitchell of Mansfield; his brother and sister-in-law Lowell and Karen Mitchell of Orient; his sister and brother-in-law Emily and Roger Bennett of Mansfield; an aunt Mary Sams of Mansfield; an uncle Eddie Beechler of Mansfield; cousins including Malinda Heineking of Shelby; his father-in-law and mother-in-law James L. and Carol J. Barney of Bellville; brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law David Barney of Mansfield and Tim and Mae Lae Barney of Medina; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of co-workers, old high school friends, and motorcycle-riding friends.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 22, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 am. The Rev. Ken Kinley will officiate.

Memorial contributions to the Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.