John Keith Mitchell
ROCHESTER - John Keith Mitchell, 60, of Rochester passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. John's Hospital.
He was born June 25, 1952, in Olney, the son of Carl A. and Coral Anderson Mitchell. John married Rita F. Launer on April 18, 2008.
He worked for the State of Illinois with Health Care and Family Services for over twenty years. John was a member of the Carlock Masonic Lodge #904 AF&AM, the Ansar Shrine, Ducks Unlimited, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Springfield, A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois (Lost Creek Chapter), N.R.A., National Corvette Association, and Grace Methodist Church, Newton.
He was a graduate of Newton Community High School (1960), attended Eastern Illinois University, and later received his Electrical Engineer Degree. He was a judge at the Secretary of State car show and had sold over 700 corvettes during his life. He followed NASCAR and enjoyed riding his Harley. John knew no stranger, was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed.
Survived by his wife, Rita; his sister, Donna Demuth (Blaise) of Chatsworth; three nieces and his five dogs.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Kathy Sweet officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 P.M. at the Westlawn Memorial Park at Newton with Reverend Tim Pearce officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Animal Protective League.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Buckhart Tavern.
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