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Darryl Mitchell

ARLINGTON — Darryl E. Mitchell, 72, of Arlington died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Oct. 7, 1940, in Spring Valley to Edson and Ellen (Ampusittus) Mitchell, he married Joyce Houski Nov. 24, 1961, in Holy Trinity Church in Cherry. She survives.

He was a farmer his whole life. He served in the National Guard for six years.

He was a member of the Tri-City Saddle Club, Green River Saddle Club and Peru Eagles Club. He formerly served on the Bureau County 4-H Council, Cherry Grade School Board, Ladd Elevator Board and Board of Directors for the Farmer and Miners Bank in Ladd.

Also surviving are one daughter, Diane (Greg) Maggio of Dalzell; one son, Craig (Claire) Mitchell of Spring Valley; four grandchildren, Brittany, Eric, Brad and Aaron; and one brother-in-law, Gene Merkel of Arlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lois Merkel.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Hurst Funeral Home, Ladd, with the Rev. Patrick Fixsen officiating. Burial will be in the Peru City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, and one hour prior to the services Friday in the funeral home.

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