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Cadet Mitchell Winey's passion for life remembered as hundreds mourn here

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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.

Patricia Raffin and Elizabeth Kerr 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 Commendation.

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.

Despite his 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 close friends.

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, ult.aspx?tsid=5893; TAPS -Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors National Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 630, Arlington, VA, 22201, or on Facebook at TAPSorg; Mitchell Winey Memorial Scholarship, C/O Centier Bank, 103 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304.


Posted 6/20/2016





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