Michael L. Kitchens

Born: Mon., Jan. 2, 1950
Died: Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

Memorial service at a later date

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Michael L. Kitchens, 70, of Ridgway, Illinois, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  He was born on January 2, 1950 in Eldorado, the son of the late Johnnie T. and Rachel M. (Houston) Kitchens.   Mike married Rebecca A. Smith on September 27, 1972.  He was a U.S. Marine veteran and retired after twenty-eight years as Ridgway Chief of Police and worked at the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office for a year and a half.  Also he was a member of the Eldorado Church of God and Ridgway VFW Post #5508.  He is survived by his loving family; his wife, Rebecca Kitchens of Ridgway; one son, John and Nancy Kitchens of Ridgway; two daughters, April M. Kitchens and Angel D. Kitchens both of Ridgway; two sisters,  Louise Carruba of Ridgway, Rebecca Sue Massett of Ridgway; one brother, Randy B. and Kelly Rogers of Fisk, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ryan, Adrian, Molly and Maddy Kitchens; one great granddaughter, Delilah Kitchens; several nieces and nephews.  Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie T. Kitchens and Rachel M. Houston Dailey.  Private burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery near Equality with a memorial service to be held at a later date.  Vickery Funeral Chapel in Ridgway in charge of arrangements.  


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Bishop Dennis & Rev. Belinda West
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
Our prayers are with the family, friends,& Church. We have more to go Heaven for than we had yesterday. Brother Mike was a faithful loving member and friend.
We can still see his smile of love .
Pastor D & Belinda

Jeanie Miller.
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
Prayers to the family for your loss. Such a kind man.

Gene Sanks
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
So sorry to hear this news. He was a good man. I've known him all my life and respect the life he lived and the ethics he displayed.

Kathy & Randy Drone
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
Dearest Becky and kids...our hearts are heavy with the news of Mike's passing. We followed along with fb posts and were sad as his healing was failing. Mike was such a good man!!! He was a great neighbor and a great public servant. We always enjoyed talking to him. He will definantely be missed in the community. Know that we extend you a heart felt virtual hug and are praying that our Lord and Savior will ease your hearts!

Debbie and Mack Lane
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
We are so sorry, we both thought that you and Mike were special people in our lives. We will always how kind and professional you and Mike was with Mack's mom [Mae Lane] and my dad[Jerry Mulvey]. Mike was a great person, we are praying that God will wrap his loving arms around you and the family and you all feel the love and peace.

Evette Rogers
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
I haven't kept in touch over the years but thought the world of Mike. I was saddened to hear of his passing. Prayers and hugs to the family

Kathy Heath
   Posted Sat April 04, 2020
To Mike's family, my heart goes out to you all as do my prayers. Mike was such a special man. I'm forever grateful for the many Christmases he would show up at our house as Santa bearing gifts for our daughter and food for a Christmas meal. I will cherish the memories and the photos of him and my daughter as she sat on his lap talking to "Santa" and even getting him to read her a book or two. He was a friend to many, gave good advice and helpful in many ways. My late husband John thought an awful lot of Mike. I know that Mike dearly loved his family and was so proud to be a grandpa. I thank God for allowing me and my family to know Mike as I feel blessed for it. I'm truly sorry for your loss. ~Kathy Heath

Terri Stafford
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
So sorry Nancy when I read your mama's post. My heart goes out to John and your family for this heartfelt loss....I know the loss of a father is tough, but you tell John that one day he and you be able to look back and smile when you remember the wonderful things that you shared. John:s memories and actions of his father's will carry him through this most difficult time. The world is a scary place right now and so is your pain, but it will get better. Love you all and my prayers 🙏 and thoughts are coming your way.

Rev. Tiffany West
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
My prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May peace find you and comfort you.

David and Katie Disney
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Our sympathy to all the Kitchens family. We always appreciated Mike’s good service to Ridgway. Prayers for strength for you during this time.

Terry E. Burtis Jr.
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Mike was one of the best in his leadership going back as small child even. He will be missed by all .

Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Deepest sympathy to the family.

Pauline zirkelbach Ingles
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Becky, so sorry to hear about Mike. He was a great person. Glad that he was s big part of my life growing up. Prayers for all of you!

Shawna Zirkelbach-Johns
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Becky & family, sending my deepest sympathy to y'all. Growing up, I have many fond memories of Mike. He was one of Ridgway's finest! Thoughts, prayers & hugs to you all during this difficult time.

Sarah Zirkelbach
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
To the Kitchens Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. He was truly a great man! You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Reverend Jason Sork
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mike was a good man, father, and citizen of the community. We will can still recall when he and his family were neighbors of ours on Valter Street and how he attended the Church of God in Ridgway back in the 90's. He will be surely missed.

Phillip N. Werkmeister
   Posted Mon April 06, 2020
Sorry to hear of Mike's Passing. I've known Mike, it seems like for a hundred years. I know we attended different Law Enforcement Schools/Classes for a lot of years. Mike was an "Up-Front Cop" - no bones about it type Cop, and a Square Cop. I NEVER even heard of Mike beating up on someone or violating their rights. And if you ever needed Back-Up, even if you weren't in his area, he'd try his best to get to you. America could use a "lot" of Cops like Mike Kitchens

Randy Rogers
   Posted Mon April 06, 2020
I very heart broke over Mikes passing, He was my brother and I have had a lot of our childhood memories pass through my mind. I loved him and respected him. He will forever be missed. LOVE YOU BROTHER MIKE>>>>>

Paul Beam
   Posted Mon April 06, 2020
Prayers to the family. Mike was a good man and he truly loved his family. He has a special place in my life. I was a better man for knowing him and working for him.

Lisa Holmes
   Posted Tue April 07, 2020
Angel, John, and April I'm sorry about your Dad! He was a great asset to our community not just as the cop he was but I'll remember when he would deliver the presents to kids at the apartments at Christmas time and how much joy he brought to those those kids and our other neighbors. I'll also never forget the times he reminded me to "walk the four wheeler Lisa don't ride it we've been over this" (haha). But he was always good to me! He was good to everyone, good as in fair. I know another great cop he was VERY good friends with that was the same way. He never failed to smile and wave when I would see him out. You lost a great Dad, Grandpa, and the community lost a great leader because he never stopped leading even after retirement. Thank you for all you did Mike! 🙏

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