Walter James Mitchum
Walter James Mitchum
  • August 18, 1954 - February 21, 2017
  • Illinois

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Walter J. Mitchum, 62, of Port Byron, IL passed away February 21, 2017 at his home. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Online condolences may be expressed at

Walter was born August 18, 1954 in Mineral Wells, Texas to James and Mable (Atwood) Mitchum. Walter proudly served in the US Army. He married Linda Jones on November 13, 1973 in Rock Island, IL. Walter was a mechanic for all of his teenage years and adult years. He truly loved tinkering around in his garage, working on motor cycles or anything with a motor.

In his spare time, Walter enjoyed rebuilding computers, fishing and listening to old western music. Most importantly he was best known for bossing his family around. He had an unbelievable love for his grandkids.

Walter would always pick little fights with Linda in an effort to show his love for her. Their relationship would best be described as lovingly irritating.

Survivors include his wife of 43 three years Linda; children, Lissa (Kevin ) Hill, Jamie (Leighann) Mitchum, Linda (Oly) Hanson, Debbie(Shannon)Wagner; 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild, one brother, Bill; and two sisters.

Walter was preceded by his parents, five brothers, and two sisters.