In Loving Memory…

Herbert W. Mittelhauser

Herbert W. Mittelhauser, 90, of Sedalia, passed away in the presence of his family at his home February 12, 2020.

Born to August and Lucy Schultz Mittelhauser in 1929 in their Georgetown home, Dad was the youngest of five children. He completed eight grades of elementary education in seven years at the Georgetown School and then graduated from Smith-Cotton High School a month after turning 17. He was proud to have played halfback as a senior, but was always quick to point out that the starter was injured early in the year and his was one of the few losing teams during Coach Stub Dow’s tenure.

Following high school, Dad worked at the Missouri Pacific Shops as a machinist, painter, on the B&B gang and in the scale shop, taking a four-year break to serve in the Navy during the Korean War. When he returned to Sedalia, he met and married Coleene Goode with whom he would spend the next 64 years.

Dad was a lifelong member of Georgetown United Methodist Church.

Always a farmer at heart (“drove milk cows through two feet of snow to the dairy barn at 5 a.m.”), Dad left the railroad in his mid-30s to farm full-time. With a dawn-to-dusk work ethic, a sharp mind with an excellent business sense, and machinery held together with baling wire, Dad was part of the final generation of successful small family farmers.

He loved sports, and baseball was his favorite. Dad played on the Georgetown team well into his 20s and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. When his younger daughter joined the track team, Dad took up the sport at age 48 so she didn’t have to run alone on rural roads. He found his strongest sport a few years later when he climbed on a bicycle to participate in duathlons. Dad still holds three Missouri Senior Games cycling records, setting one such record as recently as 2015 at age 86.

Dad’s love of competition was surpassed only by his enjoyment in watching his grandchildren play volleyball, soccer, softball, and basketball, and run cross-country. He and Mom rarely missed a game, and sometimes became the Team Grandparents.

In 2017, Dad’s cancer returned; his tenacity, strength, and resilience however remained. Dad’s doctors issued a dire prognosis which day after day and week after week over the next three years Dad steadfastly proved wrong. In these three years, Dad returned to caring for his cattle, walking for exercise, enjoying his great-grandson and the birth of his two great-granddaughters, attending Chiefs and Cardinals games, and taking trips with his family.

Dad was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Maynard Mittelhauser, Esther Dow, Willis Mittelhauser and Wilton Mittelhauser, who died as a toddler, and a grandson, Alexander Shaffer.

He is survived by his wife, Coleene; children, Jeff (Maria) Mittelhauser, Tracey (John) Drenon, and Julie Mills; grandchildren, Lindsay Mills, John Drenon II, Mary Drenon (fiancé Shawn Hampy), Davis (Kayla) Mittelhauser and Cooper Mittelhauser, and three great-grandchildren, all of whom will treasure their memories of Herb/Dad/Grandpa/PaPa until they join him again.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Heckart Funeral Home, with Pastor Kenny Cripe officiating. The family will receive friends before the services, starting at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Honorary bearers will be grandchildren.

In place of flowers, the family suggests donations to Georgetown United Methodist Church or the Bothwell Regional Health Center’s Lub Dub event.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Bothwell Regional Health Center, especially the Canon Cancer Center, for their excellent care.


  1. Coleene so sorry for your families loss! Prayers

  2. So sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and family.

  3. Such a fine man!! Always a smile on his face and a kind word to all!! My prayers and deepest sympathy to his family and many friends!!

  4. Coleene I am truly sorry for the loss of your husband dad always loved talking with him when he rent land out there terrible sorry to Jeff and Tracey it is very heartbreaking to lose a mother or father my thoughts and prayers to you Coleen and your loved ones

  5. So sorry to hear about Herb, growing up I cultivated soy beans and corn for him while he worked at the railroad, I was probably around 12 or 13, hauled hay for him and his dad.
    Herb was a great guy and the last time I talked to him at Aldis a few weeks ago, were talking about the cardinals moves over the winter, would it help etc. We were both hoping that they would get a deal done for Arenado.
    Herb will be missed by many especially Georgetown people.

    Condolences to Coleene and the rest of the family

  6. Herb was a good man I enjoyed having him as a neighbor helping him when I could So Sorry to hear

  7. Garnetta Sullivan

    My heart goes out to the Mittelhauser family. I never had the privilege of meeting your “Dad/PaPa” but it sounds like he was a strong, caring, family man who has left quite a legacy of love for his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. So very sorry. He wa a great man.
    Sandy and Murray

  9. Denise Swearingin

    So sorry for your loss i have such fond memories of him and my dad my sincerest sympathies to all of you!

  10. Rene & Becky Dedrick

    So sorry for your loss!! Thoughts, prayers and hugs for all of you! 🙏🙏❤

  11. So sorry for your loss. Herb was such a kind man with a beautiful family. Thoughts and prayers.

  12. Janice and Harry Hoover

    May God bless you with peace and comfort. Janice and Harry Hoover

  13. Ivan & Shirley Stewart

    Herb Mittelhauser, a truly very, very nice person and friend. A huge loss for Coleene & his family . A huge loss for his friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Condolences to all.

  14. I’m so sorry to learn that your Dad has passed, Jeff. At 90, I assume he enjoyed a long life. May your many wonderful memories comfort you and your family.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  16. Very sorry for you loss. Prayers with the family.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends.

  18. Carolyn and Jerry

    When you have reached the mountain top, then you shall truly begin to climb.
    Love and our thoughts be with you always.

  19. Louie & Lori Sholly

    Coleene, and Families,

    So sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May GOD wrap His arms around you as you go through this time of grief. May the memories you have bring you comfort and peace in the days that are to come.

  20. Prayers and Blessings for Coleene and the whole family.
    I enjoyed getting to know Herb many years ago. His dry Witt and humor were always part of his demeanor. Much respect for Herb. God Bless you.

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