Dakota Lane Mitchem, 16, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 11:02 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
Dakota was born on April 7, 1998, in Marion to William Mitchem and Sarah (Hester) Mitchem.
He was a sophomore at Mt. Vernon Township High School, where he was a straight-A honor roll student and was on the drum line. Dakota was musically inclined and enjoyed playing the guitar, bass and drums. He is survived by his father, William Mitchem and wife Heather of Mt. Vernon; mother, Sarah Mitchem and fiance Mark Holland of West Frankfort; brothers, Cody Mitchem and Benjamin Mitchem of Marion; stepbrother, Ian Miller of Chicago; stepsister, Gabrielle Miller of Marion; maternal grandparents, John and Anita Hester of Marion and Karen Hester of Carterville; and paternal grandparents, William and Nancy Mitchem of Johnston City. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gerelinda “Linda” Mitchem.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Jerry Schell and the Rev. Gilbert Craig officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Marion.
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to the family and will be accepted at the Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, Il. 62959.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.