As he requested, cremation rites have been accorded and graveside services will be held at a later date at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lauren L. Mitchell Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes, Geneseo, is assisting the family.
Lauren was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Thomson, Ill., son of Cecil and Leila Atherton Mitchell. He was united in marriage to LeVona Potter on Jan. 27, 1945, in Albany, in a dual ceremony with Bob and Arla Miller, who remained their treasured best friends all their lives.
Lauren graduated from Shimer College, Western Illinois University and the Air Force Air War College. He did graduate work at the University of Illinois for his teaching certificate in agriculture. He served in World War II as a P47 fighter pilot and test pilot and was in the Air Force for 41 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He worked as a livestock feed manager for Atkinson Grain, retiring in 1989. Lauren had a ready smile with a twinkle in his eyes, loved classic cars, flowers, antiques, dogs, helping young people with livestock, telling stories and, most of all, making people smile.
He is survived by his wife, LeVona; and two sons, Jon and David, both of Geneseo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rolland; and two brothers.
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