In memory of

Mark Wilson

March 2, 1953 - November 28, 2020
From: Lake View, IA
Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Born: March 2, 1953
Died: November 28, 2020
Age: 67
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   I, Mark Wilson, assumed room temperature on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA.  I  was born on March 2, 1953, in Sac City, IA to parents James L. Wilson and Freda (Poen) Wilson and attended school at Lake View Auburn and graduated with the Class of 1971. (If not for the top half of my class, I would have been Valedictorian).

   I was chased by Karen Dee Reiter until she caught me in 1980.  We were blessed with two wonderful kids, James Mark Wilson in 1982 and Jessica Lee Wilson in 1984.  Those wonderful kids had to grow up a little early.  One of the last conversations I had with Karen was a promise to try and raise the kids as good as they could be.

 I had many jobs throughout my life, but being a good father was always the most important one.  I worked at Boyer Valley Fertilizer, Nobles, on the “high line”, had gravel trucks and the most recent was at Mid-States Equipment, who put up with me for over 20 years.  After “kind of” retiring, I played with wood projects, mowed lawns, pushed snow, and played farmer to keep busy.  One of the things I enjoyed most was making someone laugh or smile, thinking it would brighten up their day.  In my free time, I also enjoyed writing some entertaining poems, baking cakes and pies, and making squirrel torturing feeders…not to mention, undefinable things for special occasions. 

   Those that are worried I’m just kidding and that I’m going to jump out of the casket, are my Number One son, James Mark Wilson and my Number One daughter, Jessica Lee Wilson; sister by the law Judy (Garland) Wilson and family; sister Linda and husband Robert Butler and family; brother Steve and wife Sherrie Wilson and family; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mark and Deb Reiter and family; brother-in-law Joel Reiter; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gaylen and Jayne Jepsen and family. 

   The people that will be a privilege for me to see again include: The mother of my children, Karen Dee “Reiter” Wilson; the wonderful people that raised me, Jim and Freda Wilson; my great in-laws, Dick and Joann Reiter; a very good brother, Garland Wilson; I get to meet a nephew, Nathan Butler; and a whole lot of others that have touched my life.

On a personal thought:  If the good Lord would lower his standards enough to allow me into Heaven, these are the people I would love to see and talk to but, I know I will catch Hell.

Mark had the time to write his own obituary and to craft his own urn.  He also requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to The Loring Hospital Healthcare Foundation 211 Highland Ave, Sac City, IA 50583.

Celebration of Life
10:00 a.m., Saturday
June 12, 2021
Lakes United Methodist Church
Lake View, Iowa
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:24 PM
“Even in death Mark found a way to make us all laugh. Thank you for again showing the importance of humor and I feel so fortunate to have caught up with you last year. I think it was my brother who shared that he would put artificial Xmas trees in the yard and someone from a nursery or the county stopped by to say hey those are great trees but do you think they are planted a little close to the house? I can only imagine the joy he got from that exchange. Rest in peace Mark and thank you.”
- Sue Snodgrass
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:12 AM
“Mark was one of a kind person. I remember talking to him at my garden site by nursing home and had a great conversation--if knew it was last one would have talked longer. Mark will be missed. Sending Prayers and Hugs to his family.”
- Rebecca Peters
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:44 PM
“I went to school with Mark, a year older. What a character! He was always up to something and roped the rest of us in! Condolences to his family and friends. RIP dear Mark. ”
- Christine Nichols Pasley
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:44 PM
“ Oh how I will miss Mark/akaMr Wilson. You always made me laugh even when it got political. You sir, were one of a kind, and the loss of you will be felt for a long awhile. Love to all his family and friends. Now Whois going to tell my Dad?”
- Charlene Green
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:44 PM
“Our sympathy to you, Jessica, Jimmy and family. Lots of fond memories with Mark since riding the kindergarten "station wagon" bus, neighborhood horse rides, high school first love, and beyond through adulthood. He was one of a kind with a heart of gold who will be tremendously missed by so many. ”
- Bob and Kris Ziegmann
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:04 PM
“I met Mark after l met my future husband Larry. I have fun memories of Larry and l hanging around with Mark, Bill Walton and others. Had a great time a their home for a superbowl party. Mark was always so much fun and a huge smile. My prayers to the family. ”
- Mary Klindt
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 9:43 AM
“Never will there ever be a better Neighbor then our Dear Friend Mark! The Hood will never be the same without you, and needless to say, you will be Dearly Missed! Love to you and your Family Mr. Wilson...RIP Dear Friend, until we meet again. OXOXOX”
- Delmar and Janna Reiling
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:04 PM
“Uncle Mark,
We will miss all of your funny jokes and the good times we all had together! I know you will be the light of many conversations for your family and friends. I know that Jimmy and Jessica will carry on your legacy. Love, Jennifer”
- Jennifer & Marc Romito
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to all of the family.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Wilson family. It was a pleasure to know Mark. Rest in peace. The Bohnenkamps”
- Jeff Bohenkamp
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“You've always made me grin and laugh right up to the very end? Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mark, and with your family. God Bless!!! ”
- Ron and Phyllis Roelfs
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“There was only one Mark and really no words to describe him. He was so good to my family. My mom, brothers. great niece and nephew. His kindness was beyond measure. That man had a heart as big as the whole outdoors.
No one can replace him and the footprint he left will never be filled.
He will be sorely missed but all who miss him have a smile when they think of him.
God be with the family during this difficult time.”
- Gloria and John Schulte
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“Mark was one of a very few who could write his own obituary so eloquently. He will be missed by all!”
- Margaret Nunez
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“Jess and family - We are so sorry about your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss.
Terry and Vickie Girard”
- Vickie Girard
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“Perhaps the funniest and most spontaneous guy I ever knew was Mark Wilson. He could take any situation and render it funny so we would laugh until we cried. His passing reminds us of how important humor is to our happiness. He will be sorely missed.”
- Robert & Linda Butler
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“"Big" Mark as he called himself to us was one of a kind. If he didn't pick on you he probably didn't know you. A kind loveable teddy bear. He will be missed by so many of whom lives he has touched. He was a great father, brother, uncle and most of all to the rest of us a wonderful friend and an unpredictable neighbor/prankster. I don't know who I will call now when my mower won't start. Hope he and Karen are catching up. Jimmy and Jessica our deepest sympathy
"Little" Mark and Tami Auen”
- Mark and Tami Auen
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“My deepest and heart felt condolences go out to Jimmy and the rest of the family. ”
- Robert Mihatsch
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
- Melanie Hundling
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:06 PM
“Mark was one of the funniest individuals. One would laughed within minutes of conversations with him. He is deeply loved by his family and he has all the right to be proud on raising two great kids. Sending prayer and love to the Wilson family. ”
- Megan Abbott
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:05 PM
“Had the privilege of meeting Mark through Jeff's class of 71' - LVA. Once you met him, he was your friend. You will be missed.”
- Jo Ellerbrock
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 2:59 PM
“My deepest sympathies to the family of Mark. I had the pleasure of getting to know Mark through the Carp. I worked there for a couple of years and I always enjoyed Mark and I's conversations. He always had some comment to make that always put a smile on my face. He was taken from us way to early and will be deeply missed. ((Hugs)) to you all and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Nicole Page
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“My condolences to the Wilson family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and to a very good friend of mine for 60+ years. He will be greatly missed”
- Lyle Elias
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“Our sympathy to the family and for his brother and sister and all their families. Jhold onto all your special memories and happy times. Our thoughts and prayers.”
- Don and Donna Tjaden
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