Elston Edward Mitchell, 94, of Bloomington died 1:20 p.m. Tuesday (March 12, 2014) in Heritage Healthcare, Normal.
Private graveside services will be in Maroa Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Illinois State University Baseball Program. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com.
Elston was born July 23, 1919, in Casey, the son of Joseph and Nealy Perisho Mitchell. In 1937, he was the national baton twirler champion. He was a Navy veteran from 1943 to 1946. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Decatur, and American Legion Post 2910, Bloomington. He was a Maroa Scoutmaster. He retired from A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. in 1973. He coached Maroa youth baseball for many years and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed spending time with everyone at the Parmon House Apartments. He married Clarice Jean Brock on Oct. 1, 1940, in Fairfield. She passed away June 17, 2001.
Surviving are his children, Elston E. (Joan) Mitchell and Roger (Diane) Mitchell, both of Bloomington; grandchildren, Todd (Christine) Mitchell and Kimberly (Dusty) Wilson, both of Bloomington; Kelli Mitchell of Portland, Ore.; Kristi Mitchell of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Reese and Myles Mitchell; Caroline, Madeline and Max Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three sisters; and grandson, Kevin.
He will be greatly missed.