A Memorial Service
for Mitchell Winey drew hundreds of mourners Saturday for a solemn
remembrance of a life lost too soon.
Winey, born May 5,
1995, to Tim and Margo Winey, of Chesterton, was killed in a training
accident at Ft. Hood on June 2, 2016.
Services were held
Saturday, June 18, at Chesterton High School.
Mitch’s family was
joined by classmates from the CHS class of 2014, current CHS students and
recent graduates, friends, community members and people from near and far,
who gathered to offer condolences and memories.
The service was
begun with Greetings and Words of Grace, followed by a prayer and the hymn
“This is My Father’s World.” Psalms 121 and 23 were read from the Scripture.
Celebration of Life
remarks were shared by Mitch’s friends Sam Iatorola, and Zain Shaikh,
Senator Joe Donnelly, and Governor Mike Pence.
and performed “The Mansions of the Lord,” followed by readings of Thessalonians
5:16-18 and “Give Thanks.”
The Blue Star Moms
presented a Blue Star Banner, which was followed by a Prayer of
Those gathered sang
“America the Beautiful,” which was followed by an Award Presentation by LTC.
Joey Errington. Military Honors were performed, followed by music.
Winey was known for
his scholastic achievement, involvement with student activities, his
friendliness, and natural leadership abilities. He was an accomplished
student and role model and was a member of the National Honor Society,
Student Body President and his Class President. He captained the Soccer Team
and lived for intramural basketball. He loved to ski, backpack, and recently
learned to rock climb.
Mitch was appointed
to the United States Military Academy at West Point and had started on the
path of an aspiring military officer in the U.S. Army. He completed basic
training and was accepted into the Corps of Cadets as a Plebe and a member
of the Class of 2018. As a Cadet Private in Company 12 (the Moose is Loose)
and as a Cadet Corporal in Company B1 (Barbarians), Mitchell excelled under
the rigors of the Academy. In each of his four semesters he was recognized
on the Dean’s List. Mitchell earned the Army Physical Fitness Badge three
times while participating on his company’s soccer and ultimate frisbee
teams. He was a proud member of the West Point Ski Patrol, was in charge of
the Ski Patrol’s instruction and was to be ACIC next season. Thanks to Mitch
the West Point collegiate ski team will add freestyle skiing to their
program this winter. Cadet Winey earned the National Defense Service Medal
and the Army Commendation Medal.
demanding schedule, Mitch found the time to keep in touch with friends
around the world. He will be remembered for his smile, welcoming nature and
the way he brought cheer to those around him. He leaves behind some very
He is survived by
his mother Margo, father Tim and sister Paige (Jason) Scheuer.
The Winey family
would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Pastor Cathy Allison and
Pastor Terry Rhine for officiating the service.
Donations in honor
of Mitch Winey may be made to: Chesterton High School Veteran’s Memorial,
c/o Duneland Education Foundation, P.O. Box 596, Chesterton, IN 46304; Ft.
Hood Fisher House, CRDAMC, Building 36015 Fisher Lane, Ft. Hood, TX, 76544,
web.charityengine.net/defa ult.aspx?tsid=5893; TAPS -Tragedy Assistance
Program for Survivors National Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 630,
Arlington, VA, 22201, taps.org/Tribute or on Facebook at TAPSorg; Mitchell
Winey Memorial Scholarship, C/O Centier Bank, 103 Broadway, Chesterton, IN,