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Mitchell "Mitch" K. Gostomsky

February 16, 1974 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 49) 49 Years Old

Mitchell "Mitch" Gostomsky Obituary

Mitchell Keith Gostomsky, age 49, of Tipp City, Ohio passed away on December 2, 2023, surrounded by his daughter, family, and friends after a sudden illness over Thanksgiving.  

Mitch graduated from Bethel High School in 1992, forging strong friendships with a fierce and loyal group, affectionately known as ‘the hoopies’ that lasts to this day. 

After school, Mitch became a well-regarded and expert machinist, maintenance technician, and took pride in knowing the satisfaction of hard work, being the guy who knew how to fix anything, and got stuff done.

Anyone who met Mitch knew of his passion for hunting, fishing, camping, trapping, and living fully in the outdoors.  He took pleasure in displaying some of his greatest bucks, does, and the menagerie of his hunting trophies throughout his home on Studebaker Road, where he lived for most of his life.

His love for the outdoors helped Mitch and his friends and family make unforgettable memories that included calamities, near-misses, and ‘the one that got away’ stories as the hallmark of tales told around campfires and fire pits. It wasn’t unusual for one of his friends telling a story to take a detour into “...and then you know what Mitch did?” His experience and expertise for the outdoors grew into a love of conservation and he became a sought after mentor and teacher to his nephews, friends, cousins, and anyone who expressed interest in learning to love his passions.

His love of the outdoors expanded into skiing, other activities, and an ongoing love for seasonal mushroom hunting.  He was never prouder than when he’d post pictures of a huge haul of morel mushrooms he was battering, frying, and getting ready to share with friends and family.

Mitch developed a passion early on for music and bands like Phish, The Grateful Dead, and Billy Strings.  He built his world around strong, lifelong friendships, the love of his daughter’s art and athletics, the anticipation of the coming White-tail Rut, the joy of early, frigid mornings sitting in the hollow of a perfect tree, or bundled into one of his tree stands around the area.

Recently, Mitch’s friends and family noticed his smile was brighter, his perspective more optimistic, and he enjoyed adventuring further out of his regular routine.  It was no surprise he’d met a special new woman responsible for coaxing him into a next, happier chapter in his life.

Mitch is preceded in death by his mother, Amber Studebaker, and is survived by his daughter, Allison Gostomsky at the University of Toledo, his father, Tom Gostomsky of Troy, his brothers, Rob Gostomsky of Piqua, Beau Gostomsky of Kansas City, and Matt and Nicole Gostomsky, along with his nephews, Mason, Reece, and Hayden of Tipp City, his niece Tamme DeVer of Dayton, and Ana Gostomsky of Texas.

Mitch’s numerous friends remember him with love, loyalty, and great humor.  He was always up for doing the fun, dumb thing, cheering them on to do the same, and was guaranteed to be part of any great story from all their times together.

He is also remembered fondly and with love by the vast number of cousins, aunts, and uncles, across the Gostomsky and Studebaker families, the families of his friends, and anyone else who met him and couldn’t imagine Mitch not being part of their tribe.

He is remembered lovingly by Stephanie Fasnacht of Huber Heights, who came late into his life and who, through her kindness, gentleness, zest for fun and travel, showed Mitch it’s never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks.

Mitch’s final act of kindness and compassion was as an organ donor who has now helped countless families around the country be able to continue their own stories and start their own new adventures with his sacrifice.

A Celebration of Mitch’s Life will be an open house, held at on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at The Round Barn, 150 Fox Drive Piqua, Oh 45356, from 5:30-8:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to:

Honey Creek Preserve (https://www.miamicountyparks.com/park/honeycreek), Life Connections Organ Donation Services (www.lifeconnection.org), or any other charity that brings you joy and helps make the world just a little bit kinder. 

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Services

Celebration of Life
Thursday
December 7, 2023

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Round Barn
150 Fox Dr.
Piqua, OH 45356

Donations

Honey Creek Preserve
Web: https://www.miamicountyparks.com/park/honeycreek

Life Connections Organ Donation Services
Web: http://www.lifeconnection.org

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