Arlyn K. Mitchell

1920-2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

MAQUON - Arlyn K. Mitchell, 88, of rural Maquon died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 17, 1920, near Avon, the son of Clarence and Bertha Dallefeld Mitchell. Arlyn was married to Harriet Harper in June 1944 and they were partners in life. Harriet preceded Arlyn in death by two days on Jan. 24, 2008.

He farmed with his wife, Harriet, near Gilson and then near Maquon for half a century.

Arlyn served in World War II from 1941 to 1944 in the Pacific Theater with the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Marine Division. Sgt. Mitchell was wounded twice in the Battle of Tarawa and received the Purple Heart with one bar along with other medals.

Arlyn belonged to the Maquon American Legion Post 1099 where he served as commander among other offices. Arlyn remained a member of the Harry W. Philblad American Legion Post 749 of Knoxville.

Arlyn was also a member of the Maquon Masonic Lodge 530, AF and AM and Knox County Farm Bureau.

Arlyn was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life.

Arlyn is survived by two children, Jerry (Susan) Mitchell of Austin, Texas and Kristy (Dave) Rouland of Knoxville; four sisters, Phyllis Jean Cheeseman of Springfield, Ore., Ila Rooker of Indianapolis, Velma Harris and Marilyn Howarter, both of Galesburg. Arlyn is also survived by five grandchildren, Grant, Debbie, Keri, Kent and Kate as well as two great grandchildren, Stephenie and Cole. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held jointly with his wife, Harriet, today from 2 to 4 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Maquon with their funeral on Monday at 10 a.m. at the church, the Rev. Dan Doty officiating. Burial will be at Maquon Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 of Galesburg followed by a lunch at the church. In lieu of flowers, Arlyn requested that donations be made to Maquon United Methodist Church or Galesburg Rescue Mission.

Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Maquon in charge of arrangements.

On-line condolences may be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

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