Harold H. Mies 1913-1999

The funeral of Harold H. Mies, 86, was held Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Pontiac.  The Rev. William H. Beswick and the Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiated.  Burial was in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac with full military rites accorded. He died at 12:15 p.m. Monday (August 23, 1999) at Livingston Manor, Pontiac. Mr. Mies was born April 9, 1913, in Saunemin, a son of George and Kate (Braun) Mies.  He married Marguerite Harris on Jan. 28, 1947 in Pontiac. She survives. Other survivors include on daughter, Barbara Chapman, Phillips, Wis.; one son, Henry H. Mies, rural Pontiac, and two sisters, Cathrine Liste, Dade City, Fla.; and Dorothy Attig, Pontiac. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great-grandson. His parents; an infant son; one brother and two sisters preceeded him in death.

Mr. Mies graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1930 and from the University of Illinois in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture.  While at the U of I, he was a letter winner on the track team. He taught high school agriculture at Kirkwood and had worked for the Department of Agriculture.  Mr. Mies had retired after farming for more than 50 years.

He served overseas during WW II with the 6th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army 20th Air Force. Mr. Mies served 15 years on Pontiac District 429 Board of Education. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club; a member of the American Legion, the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Farm Bureau.  He was former member and past president of the Saint James Hospital Advisory Board.  He was volunteer GEM at OSF Saint James Hospital.  He was a life member of University (I) Association; a member of the Univesity of Illinois Alumni Association; the Illini Striders Track Club, and Farm House Fraternity. He was a supporter of Pontiac High School and University of Illinois athletics.  In 1996 he was inducted into the Pontiac Tribe of Indians Sports Hall of Fame.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Pontiac, or Mies Illini Agricultural Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, January 29, 2002


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