Johnny Lee Mitzner

GROVE – An Army veteran and a lifelong outdoorsman, Johnny Lee Mitzner was not a sickly

Picture from Tulsa World
Picture from Tulsa World

man.

So when Mitzner, 76, of Grove, suddenly came down with flu-like symptoms and died May 21, 2014 his family was shocked to learn his death was due to the Heartland virus, a rare tick-borne disease.

The state Health Department confirmed he was the 10th person in the country to have the virus and the state’s first case of the virus.

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