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Henry Herbert and Joyce Ann (Schrader) Mitchell
Henry Herbert and Joyce Ann (Schrader) MitchellHenry Herbert and Joyce Ann (Schrader) Mitchell went to be with their Lord on Thursday October 26, 2023 due to a fatal car accident while coming home from dinner together at one of their favorite diners.

Henry (better known as Herb to most) was born June 2, 1940 in Littlefield, Texas to the late Charles and Janie Mitchell. Joyce was born on April 2, 1942 in Belle Center to the late Henry and Lydia (Metzger) Schrader. Henry was always very proud to tell anyone that he was born in the same town as Waylon Jennings.

Henry and Joyce were married on January 14, 1962 in Belle Center and spent the rest of their lives together for over 61 years.

After graduating from high school in Panhandle, Texas, Henry was drafted into the U.S. Army and served active duty from 1959-1961 and active and inactive reserve duty until 1965. After his release from active duty in 1961, he was employed as a telephone line crew installer for Bell Telephone in Perryton, Texas. After adopting their son Brian, and their daughter Darla, Henry and Joyce decided to move to Ohio where their youngest daughter, Laurie, was born. Henry was a telephone repairman/installer for GTE and then Verizon for 32 years. He also spent several years working for Montgomery Township taking care of the cemeteries.

Henry was also a proud member of American Legion Post 266 in Belle Center.

Above all, Henry was a family man and spent most of his off-work hours working to build a home with his young family. Later in life, Henry loved to go to auctions, woodworking (especially repairing and refinishing antiques for family and friends) and reading anything about World War II history.

Henry and Joyce both were proud owners and operators of the Village Kitchen Restaurant in LaRue for many years. Henry spent his time with building and equipment maintenance (and drinking coffee), and Joyce spent her time in the kitchen baking and cooking.

After graduating high school in Belle Center, Joyce worked at IGA grocery in Bellefontaine, where she met Henry’s sister Barb. Barb suggested to Joyce that she might write to Henry and that’s where a 61-year marriage relationship love story started. After moving back to Ohio, along with being a wonderful, loving mother to her 3 children, Joyce was a teller at Huntington Bank, and a bookkeeper/secretary for Eldridge Realty, both in Kenton.

Joyce loved baking, quilting, sewing, and cross stitch. She also loved all of the years she spent directing junior and senior choir in church.

Music was always a central part of Joyce’s life. She spent much of her early years playing guitar and singing with her brother, Foster, at various venues. Through the years, there were countless family musical gatherings with her extended family and son. Joyce also started the “Pickin and Grinnin” at the Village Kitchen where various family and friends entertained every Tuesday evening for many years. But most of all, Joyce loved using her musical talents to serve her Lord.

Surviving are their children, Brian Mitchell of Upper Sandusky, Darla Urban (John,deceased) of Cincinnati and
Laurie (Dan Sr.) Navarro of Belle Center. They were preceded in death by infant children, Michael Charles and twins, Glenna Ann and Gary Albert
Grandchildren: Cortlyn (Wes) Edgar, Lane (Justine) Mitchell, Triston (Jill) Urban, Patrick Day, Jacob Urban, Katie Urban, Giovanni Urban, Sarah Urban, Dan (Ashley) Navarro Jr. and Sara Hough
Great-grandchildren: Rylee Urban, Mollie Urban, Bayley Urban, Paige Bradley, Mallori Urban, Maggie Navarro, Daniel Navarro III, Robert (Brittany) Hough, Natalie Hough
great great grandchildren, Paisley and Ellie Hough
Henry’s siblings, Jim Mitchell, Joe Mitchell, Barbara Lindeman and Paula Mitchell, all are deceased
Joyce’s siblings, Allie Schrader of Belle Center, Foster Schrader (deceased) and Robert Schrader (deceased)

Funeral services celebrating the lives of Henry and Joyce will be held Wednesday November 1, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Larry Hause will officiate. Burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery, where there will be Military Honors for Henry given by the Vietnam Veterans of America #1095. Friends may call Tuesday from 3-7 pm at the funeral home in LaRue.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Scioto Valley Fire District. at 100 North Front Street LaRue, Ohio 43332

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#1 from: Barb Kelly and Brian Kelly
Morral Ohio
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 11:04 AM

I loved working for Joyce and Herb at the Village Kitchen in in LaRue. It was like one big family. They were the most kind, wonderful people you could ever meet ❤️ you both will be missed!

#2 from: Jeffery and Marilyn Plikerd
Belle Center, Ohio
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 12:51 PM

Laurie and  family, We are so shocked to hear about your loss and are so shocked to hear of the accident. I know how much your parents meant to you and how much you will miss them. Tell all our family how sincerely I feel for them.

#3 from: Lonni Roberts
West Mansfield
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 2:09 PM

Laurie, My heart goes out to you and your family.   I know you have some dark times ahead and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.   Love you, sis ❤️

#4 from: Janice Jeffers
Marion, Ohio
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 2:34 PM

Prayers for your family…your father and mother were very special people and lovers of the Lord…“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”—Proverbs 3:5–6

#5 from: Paula Dawson
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 2:46 PM

Laurie so sorry to hear of the passing of Herb and Joyce. They were such a sweet and caring couple.I worked at the Village Kitchen for them. They always treated me like family. They will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Paula Dawson.

#6 from: Robert Paulus aka Jamie
Covington Ky
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 3:19 PM

So sorry to hear about their passing I use to work for them at the village Kitchen ….and so did my mom Joyce was really fun to work for and loved pouring herbs coffee always made a fresh pot when he come walking thru the door…I will miss them .. When they got to heaven my mom  was waiting there for them…with open arms for she loved them both

#7 from: Mary Royer
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 4:43 PM

Laurie and family-  So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.

#8 from: Jeanne Wardlaw
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 5:21 PM

I am so sorry for your families loss. Her and Joyce were my landlords for a few years. Joyce would have an ice cream cone for my son every day when he got off the school bus. They were two of the kindest people I have ever known.

#9 from: Lauren and Jeanie Park
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 5:45 PM

Brian, Darla, Laurie & family, , Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you morn the loss & celebrate the beautiful life of your parents! We have many memories of music, friendship,  smiles hard work and a favor whenever needed. Herb’s soft gentle voice and Joyce’s music are without a doubt  surrounding the heavenly throne in heaven today and for eternity ! 🙏

#10 from: Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 6:14 PM

Brian, Darla, and Laurie my sincere condolences to each of you on the sudden passing of your parents.  I have many fond memories of drinking coffee and joining in the early morning conversations at the Village Kitchen on my way to EHS.  It was a great way to start each day!  Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Librarian 1965-1996

#11 from: Melinda (Tucker) Mosley
New Bloomington
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 6:43 PM

Brian, Darla, & Laurie Please know that the Tucker family is so sorry for the unfortunate loss of your dear, sweet parents. Please know that we are praying for peace & comfort during this difficult time! We love you!! 🙏♥️🙏♥️🙏

#12 from: Deanna Bowers
Kenton, Ohio
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 6:52 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙏🙏. Herb and Joyce were such nice people. I remember going to their place for youth group activities when I was a teenager. And I appreciated Joyce helping out making quilts for Logan County Vets to DC and was happy that Herb and Brian got to go on a trip. Love and prayers. Deanna

#13 from: Glenn Ammons
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 8:44 PM

So sorry for your loss, listened to Joyce play the piano at sportsmen clubman many times. My mother Loretta was very good friends with Lydia and new Joyce from an early age. They will be missed.

#14 from: Brenda Sickles Donegan
Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 8:51 PM

I have fond memories of Joyce growing up in the Methodist Church  in Belle Center and to school. She was in my brother, Larry’s class. Later in life, I moved my family to Prospect and ran into her at an event at Elgin. Our family attended many of the Tuesday night jams at their restaurant in LaRue. She could really make that piano rock. I remember her brothers, Allie, and Foster, as well. Please accept my sincere condolences on this tragic loss. God’s blessings as you continue this journey through life without them.

#15 from: Wendy Crabtree
La Rue
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 5:44 AM

My grandma was always fond of your mom and dad and considered them as good friends.Even after Herb retired, if grandma needed help, she knew who to call, and he would always show up.I loved seeing Joyce out and having conversation about whatever craft she was working on. My sisters and I used to ride to church with the Mitchell family.It was something we looked forward to.Sorry for your loss.

#16 from: Gene and Sherry Ann Greentree
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 8:11 AM

Brian and family. We were so sorry to hear of the tragic accident  and your mom and dad's  passing. Please accept our sympathy  and prayers. May  God be with you all in the days to come. May He give you strength and encouragement  and comfort .

#17 from: Monica Webb
Marion Ohio
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 8:12 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! They were amazing people! I rented the apartment above the restaurant for 6 years. They were so good to me and my daughter! I was just thinking of them shortly before this happened. Herb came up and got a bat out for me and I’ll always remember Joyce’s taco salad at the restaurant. Prayers for all of the family!🙏❤️

#18 from: Dorothy Harder
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 9:05 AM

So sorry for the loss they will be missed very much

#19 from: Penny Rose
Richwood OH
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 9:05 AM

I am sooo very sorry of hearing the tragic loss of some dear friends! Herb and Joyce were my neighbors growing up. They have been friends of our family ever since I can remember! Rode the school bus with Brian, Darla, & Laurie. Herb and Joyce were good people! Always loved going to the Village Kitchen for dinner. RIP Herb and Joyce! You’ll always be remembered! Prayers 🙏🏼 to Brian, Darla, & Laurie!

#20 from: Penny Rose
Richwood OH
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 9:12 AM

Brian, Darla, & Laurie…I am sooo very sorry of hearing the tragic loss of your Mom & Dad! Growing up as neighbors…we were always getting into trouble. Your family have been friends of our family ever since I can remember. Herb and Joyce were good people! Always loved going to the Village Kitchen for dinner. Lots of childhood memories over on the Hardin Co Line for sure! RIP Herb and Joyce! You’ll always be remembered! Prayers 🙏🏼 to Brian, Darla, & Laurie!

#21 from: Tammy a Thornburg
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 11:31 AM

Laurie,dan,and family, I am so so sorry about the passing of you parents. If you need anything please let me know. Sending thoughts and prayers we love you

#22 from: Mark Hatcher
Norfolk, Virginia
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 11:41 AM

In no way can we understand you tremendous loss, we can however know that they are present with our Savior Jesus Christ. I remember them fondly and on a couple of occasions broke bread at their dining room table. Wonderful people with love in their hearts for their children and the Lord. They will be missed. Great neighbors growing up and always giving of their time to the church and their community. Brian, Darla and Laurie, know they were cherished by so many and will always Carrie a special place in all our hearts. Please accept my deepest sympathies and prayers during this time of saying goodbye, only for a short while, until we are all called home.

Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 8:16 PM


#24 from: Donna & Jack Todd
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 9:24 PM

Brian, Darla, & Laurie We were so sorry to hear about your mom & dad. Our hearts are breaking for you all. We loved them so much & have many memories of our fun together. Your families will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

#25 from: Jean Wolf
Mon, Oct 30, 2023 at 10:59 PM

Brian, Darla, Laurie and Families,  I am so very sorry to hear about your parents. You all 3 are in my thoughts and prayers. I spent lots of time with your family and know how very special both your parents were to you. You have lots of memories to cherish, so hold those close to your hearts and remember you had two of the best parents. Parents who loved each of you and  lived their lives for God. They  are still together and in a much better place. They will always have special place in my heart as well as for you 3! Hugs and prayers , Jean  & Dennis Wolf

#26 from: Bob and Carol Howell
LaRue, Ohio
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 8:54 AM

We are so sadden to hear the passing of  Herb and Joyce passing. They were so much apart of our community and their presences will be truly missed. Prayers be with you at this difficult time.                      

#27 from: Kara Orians
Nevada, Ohio
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 10:30 AM

Brian, Many prayers for you and your family during this time of need. Thinking of you.

#28 from: Anthony  & Robyn Turner
Lima, OH
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 11:35 AM

We never had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful couple. But their daughter and son-inlaw has told us many of their cherished stories. We feel we got to know them through them and how wonderful they were.Our hearts go out to all of the family for their loss. Hearts and prayers are with you all at this time. Tony & Robyn

#29 from: Bill and Ruth Guyer
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 11:36 AM

We never had the pleasure of meeting your parents,but in knowing you, Laurie, we know they must have been wonderful people and parents. We are so very sorry for your family's loss. We love you, Laurie. Stay strong. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

#30 from: Brenna Colleen McElheny
Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 9:43 AM

Brian, Darla and Laurie,  I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss of your parents.  You and your families are heavy in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult days.  Keep recalling the great memories you have to help you through this journey.  Sending love and hugs to you all! Colleen

#31 from: Cyndy Lindeman Tower
Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 11:23 PM

May the peace of God guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  Love you all.  Uncle Herb and Aunt Joyce will be missed so much.  My prayers and thoughts are with the whole family at this difficult time.  Love Cyndy

#32 from: Joseph Derringer
Thu, Nov 2, 2023 at 10:36 AM

LAURIE and family so sorry for your tragic loss my condolences.

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