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Charles Wesley Mitchell, Jr., formerly of the Oakwood area, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Janesville, Wis. He was born at home in Hillery, Ill., Aug. 1, 1931, the son of Charles Sr. and Sarah Murphy Mitchell.
On July 30, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Reva Richter. They were blessed with two children: Antoinette (Toni) and Jay.
Charles and his family attended Muncie Baptist Church. He served as adult Sunday school teacher, deacon, and was an active member of the music department both in choir and special groups.
Charles was a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent of education. His career took him from Newtown, the Fithian-Muncie area, to Chicago. His last six years before retiring, he served as Head of the Illinois Deaf/Blind School Program for the State of Illinois.
After retiring from education, he started a condo management business. Jay, his son, joined him and they worked together for several years.
In 1998, Charles and Reva moved to a cottage on the Rock River in Janesville, Wis. They turned the cottage into a full time home. Charles loved their home on Rock River where he could fish and enjoy nature.
In 2011, they moved to a condo in Milton, Wis. This move gave them the freedom to travel, visit their children, and spend time with friends and family.
In 2015, Charles developed cancer. For 16 months, he bravely fought the disease. On Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, God called him home.
Charles is survived by his wife of 66 years, Reva; his children, Toni and Jay (Deidre); two grandsons, Kyle and Nathan; two sisters, Doris (Dick) Clark and Janice (Mike) Zedrick; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Christian; a sister, Betty Lou; and two brothers, Lyle and Larry.
Services will be held April 8, at 11 a.m. at Muncie Baptist Church to celebrate his life. Rev. David Garver will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Muncie Baptist Church or Vermilion County Museum.
Published on March 31, 2017
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