Hillcrest Funeral Home - West

5054 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX


Ernest J. Mitchell

January 18, 1923September 1, 2019

Ernest Mitchell of Santa Teresa, New Mexico passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 . He was a United States Army Air Corps Veteran. He served WWII in Australia and the Philippines. He was born in Adelphia , New Jersey and spent his childhood in Colts Neck, New Jersey. When he returned from WWII he married Ann and they moved to Belmar on the Jersey shore . There he worked as a civil engineer and spent his free time traveling with the family and fishing with his friend, Ben. In retirement they moved to Bonita Springs, Florida and enjoyed many years there before moving to Santa Teresa. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Merrill and her husband Robert Minjarez of Santa Teresa, New Mexico , his daughter in law Becky Mitchell of Bishopville, Maryland, five grandchildren; Kerry, Amanda, Annie, Robert, Bethany and twelve great grandchildren ; Jed, Micah, Seth, Miri, Paul, Bea, Rainer, Jack , Summer, Parker, Easton and Graham. Since his wife’s death in 2013 he found camaraderie with all his wonderful Veteran friends he would meet every morning at McDonald’s for coffee. He looked forward to that and I am happy he had such nice friends. He was a great husband, dad and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. His funeral will be at Old Tenant Church in Manalapan, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mesilla Valley Hospice.


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Ernest J. Mitchell

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Arbys Standifer

September 13, 2019

From the crew at Arby's,

Ernie would come in asking for a turkey and swiss or a turkey salad. He would ask for our shakes all while telling some crazy funny story. Always smiling and happy to see us. He was one of our favorites customers. Beloved by all.

Barbara Merrill

September 7, 2019

I’ve been taking care of my dad for 6 years since my mom passed away . During that time I got to know him very well . I learned he was a good friend to others and was very generous . The past two years were tough for him struggling just to breathe and walk But Even though he felt bad he continued to go to McDonald’s to be with his friends. He was a great dad and I am happy I was there for him even though it was hard for me to see him struggle so much .
I will miss him .

Jim Tift

September 4, 2019

Ernie was a very good friend. He will be missed. It was always great to see him. Rest easy my friend.

Ken and Renee Teis

September 4, 2019

Ernie was a sweet gentleman. We enjoyed sharing his life over dinners and sometimes beer. He told us great stories, funny stories, and we all always laughed. We will always remember his sweet face and kind words.