Henry Mitchell

Oct 23rd, 1927 - Sep 23rd, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Tue, Sep. 26th, 2017 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Wed, Sep. 27th, 2017 11:00 AM


Rose Hill Cemetery

Wed, Sep. 27th, 2017

Henry Mitchell

Marion resident and businessman Henry Mitchell passed at 3:20am Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion, Illinois at the age of 89 years and 11 months.

Henry was born October 23, 1927 in Mitchellsville, Saline County, Illinois, the son of Ida Mae Keneipp and Stephen F. Mitchell.

Henry was united in marriage to Wanda G. Strobel on June 27, 1948 in Harrisburg First Baptist Church.

Upon graduation from high school in Harrisburg, IL, he attended University of Illinois until he enlisted in the Navy. Henry was sworn in on V-J Day in 1945 and served 9 months. He later enlisted again in the Navy (1955) and enrolled in Officers’ Candidate School in Rhode Island where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and assigned to the Sea Bees in California. From there he was sent to Japan until he finished his tour of duty in 1958.

Henry attended SIU and then finished his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Arizona. Later he again attended the University of Illinois where he received his master’s degree in Civil Engineering and did further graduate work.

Henry worked at the State Highway Department in Carbondale, the Architects office at SIU, and had his consulting engineer business in Carbondale. He then set up his office for engineering testing laboratories. Later he started in the construction business and installed the water lines for Rend Lake Water District. He also installed water and sewer lines in Ohio and all over Southern Illinois. He retired from the construction business and lived in Florida for a while. Retirement didn’t last long and he moved back to Marion, IL where he built motels and operated and owned them for a number of years and also owned motels in Indiana and in Springfield, IL. He also built the Twenties Hideout in Marion and operated that for several years as well as one in Springfield, IL and another restaurant in Fairfield Heights.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Nina Gullett. He is survived by two sisters Lela (Delmar) Ewell and Phyllis (Charles) Hankins

Surviving Henry are his wife of 69 years, Wanda and their children, Teddi (Doug) Grindberg of Des Moines, Iowa, Steve (Patty) Mitchell of Marion and Stasia (Tony) Shoemaker of Vienna.

Surviving grandchildren include Nathan Reeder, Graham (Brenda) Reeder, Harry (Kezia) Reeder, Michal (Scott) MacDonald and Joshua (Christina) Mitchell and great grandchildren Kaden and William Reeder, Malachi and Adelaide MacDonald, and Annamarie Allard.

Henry was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Marion, IL and attended Kissimmee First Baptist Church while living in Florida.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Rev. Joshua Mitchell will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Military rites will be performed at the graveside by the Marion VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the U.S. Navy. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Lighthouse Shelter or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/1704 N. Court/ Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: David Grindberg

    From: Fort Dodge, Iowa

    Date: September 25, 2017

    We want you to know that we are thinking about all of you this week. Our prayers are with you.

  • Guest: Kathy Lee

    From: Hendersonville , North Carolina

    Date: September 26, 2017

    Sending love, prayers from my heart to Stasia and all the family. You were blessed with an amazing Father and I know he was so very proud of all of you. His Life and Legacy are the wonderful family he has and I know he is smiling down on all of you and how you have taken care of him and your Mother. God bless you and keep you and give you comfort through these challenging days. You are always in my heart. Love, Kathy Lee

  • Guest: Roberta Marowitz

    From: Casselberry, Florida

    Date: September 26, 2017

    What a wonderful man your father was! So many blessings for all and he was a joy and a challenge and fun and a big personality!
    Sending love and prayers to Stasia, Tony and Teddi for wonderful shared stories over the years. My heart is with you all.
    With love, Roberta

  • Guest: Harold and Suzanne Schultz

    From: Paducah, Kentucky

    Date: September 26, 2017

    Sis. Stasia, you and your family are in our hearts and in our prayers. I know your hearts are heavy with grief but remember this is not a final parting, it is a temporary separation. *hugs*.

  • Guest: Zanada (Tolbert) Cravens, Mt. Carmel, Illinois

    From: My. Carmel, Illinois, Illinois

    Date: September 26, 2017

    Sending Sympathy to all the Fanily & Friends.

  • Guest: Shirley (Heern) Williams

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: September 27, 2017

    I had the privilege of working for Henry at Shawnee Constructors in the mid-70’s, along with Perry Johnson, Dean Ferraro, and Bob Starkey. Henry was so kind to me and it was an honor to know such a fine man. Peace to you and your family.

  • Guest: Carleton & Della Grindberg

    From: Sioux City, Iowa, Illinois

    Date: September 27, 2017

    We send you our condolences on the passing of Henry. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.