Howard D. "Skip" Mize

August 23, 1954April 10, 2018
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Howard “Skip” Mize, age 63, of Caseyville, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Skip was born August 23, 1954 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Henry Mize and Mary Mize (nee Pothanus).

In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike (Gale) Bell, and his godson Richard Hester.

Skip married Cindy Mize (nee Bell), the love of his life, on October 27, 1978.

He was Chief of Police for Shiloh and East Cardonelet. After many years on the police force, After 35+ years in law enforcement, Skip retired as Chief of Police from Lenzeburg police department. He and his business partner and best friend Tonna Hester, were owners of Forensic Investigations Unlimited Inc. in Caseyville, IL. He and Cindy were pioneers of Where Jesus Comes First Ministries in Belleville, IL. He was a member of Convent Worship Center, Backstoppers, and St. Clair County Deputy Reserves. He enjoyed being a Hamm radio operator, hunting, fishing, and flea markets.

Skip is survived by his wife Cindy; business partner and best friend Tonna Hester; godchildren, Stepenie Hester, Kaliegh Regan, Mya Regan, Jimmy Fowler, Kyle Regan, and Jaxxon Hester; brother-in-law, Gerald (Wanda) Bell and Ronnie (Maryann) Bell Sr.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Backstoppers, St. Jude’s, or donors choice. Additional condolences may be offered online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 p.m. 7 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208.

Funeral: Services will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208. Interment will be at a later date.


  • Backstoppers
  • St. Jude's


  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 13, 2018

Howard D. "Skip" Mize

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Kevin Eversole

July 7, 2018

Cindy ,
I' sorry for your loss, Skip was a great friend to talk to and also a great listener, plus he would take time out to tell you about the Lord.
Couple of times I talked to him on the phone Skip would tell you what he thought in a polite manner, and point you in the right direction.

kevin kubitschek

April 19, 2018

I knew Skip professionally for 30 years, and he was knowledgeable, thorough and always professional. Personally, whenever I spoke to him, or ran into him, I always enjoyed our conversations. He was always positive and upbeat, with a good sense of humor, and frankly, it just won't be the same without him. Our sincere condolences to Tonya, his family, and all who knew him. R.I.P. old buddy.

Kevin & Sindy Kubitsschek

Wanda Weber-Jacobs

April 16, 2018

I knew Skip through my law enforcement days as a dispatcher. It has been many years since I have seen him. Skip was always a gentleman with a very kind smile. He had law enforcement in his blood. My hope is that Skip did not suffer and I know he is resting in peace.

Laurie Frank

April 13, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Skip's passing. I think the last time I saw him was at his Mother's funeral. I spent a LOT of time with Aunt Betty, Uncle Howard and Skip when I was younger. I miss them all. Sorry for your loss. He was a good guy.

Butch Verbeck

April 13, 2018

Rest in peace cousin Skip. Say hello to Howard, Betty, and Aunt Annie when you get to heaven.

Wendell Johnson

April 12, 2018

Skip always loved it when a few of us gospel singers would come to his church at the same time. We always gathered on the platform and sang a few hymns. He was very quick to jump on stage with that gleam in his eye and grab a mic and sing a harmony part. We got him up to sing with us at his retirement party and you could just see the enjoyment in his tear filled eyes. I loved to chat with him over a meal at one of the great eateries he knew about. He could always tell a great story. I will miss you dearly my friend, but I know you are in Heaven with that same "gleam" in your eye singing with an Angel choir. Rest well buddy. You deserve it after all the hard work and ministry you did in this life. My life is forever changed because we were friends. See you when I get there. Love ya man