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Mark R. Nicholson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, left behind a strong legacy when he passed away at the age of 68. Known for his passion as a self-employed building contractor and farmer, Mark found joy in his work and cherished the opportunity to collaborate with his wife and children. He was a man of faith, teaching his children the values of trust, honesty, and hard work. Mark’s favorite hobby was snow skiing, but he also enjoyed motorcycles, classic trucks, and the company of friends who shared his various interests. Though his time with us was cut short, we are grateful for the full and healthy life he lived. Join us in celebrating Mark’s life at a Memorial Service on November 27, 2023, where we will honor his memory and the impact he had on all who knew him.
Obituary: Mark R. Nicholson
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mark R. Nicholson, a beloved member of the Metamora community. Mark, 68, peacefully left us on Monday, November 20, 2023, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Born on October 31, 1955, in Sioux City, IA, Mark was the son of Robert N. and Lois I. Nicholson. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished by all who knew him.
Early Life and Family
Mark’s journey began in Sioux City, IA, where he was born into a close-knit family. His parents, Robert and Lois Nicholson, raised him with love and instilled in him the values of trust, honesty, and hard work. Mark’s family was his rock, and he shared a special bond with his wife, Lyla, whom he married on August 22, 1976, in Spring Bay, IL. Together, they built a beautiful life in Metamora, where they raised their children, Matthew, Jacob, Levi, and Sierra. Mark’s mother, Lois, and sister, Holly, were also pillars of support throughout his life.
Professional Life and Hobbies
Mark was a self-employed building contractor, and his passion for his work was evident to all who knew him. He found immense joy in both building and farming, and he cherished the opportunity to work alongside his wife and children. Mark’s dedication and craftsmanship were admired by his clients and peers alike. Beyond his professional life, Mark had a zest for adventure and a love for snow skiing. He spent countless hours on the slopes, embracing the thrill of the sport. Motorcycles and classic trucks also held a special place in his heart, connecting him with a community of like-minded enthusiasts.
Legacy and Remembering Mark
Mark’s passing leaves a void in the lives of those who knew him, but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide us. He was a man of strong faith, teaching his children to trust in the Lord and to embody qualities of honesty, care, and hard work. Mark’s warm smile, infectious laughter, and genuine friendship touched the lives of many. He valued his relationships and cherished the moments spent with friends who shared his interests. Though we mourn the loss of Mark, we are grateful for the full and healthy life he lived.
As we remember Mark, let us honor his memory by embracing the values he held dear and by cherishing our loved ones. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel, where we will gather to celebrate Mark’s life and the impact he had on all of us. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a cause that Mark held close to his heart. Together, let us keep Mark’s spirit alive and continue to build a community rooted in love, compassion, and hard work.
Memorial Service and Burial
Join us as we gather to honor and remember the life of Mark R. Nicholson at his Memorial Service. This will be a time for family, friends, and community members to come together and pay tribute to a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many. Mark’s legacy will be celebrated as we share stories, memories, and the impact he had on all of us.
Memorial Service Details
The Memorial Service for Mark R. Nicholson will take place on Monday, November 27, 2023, at the Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel. The service will begin at 7:00 pm and will be officiated by Pastor Kurt Smith. We invite you to join us in this solemn yet uplifting gathering to honor Mark’s life and the profound influence he had on our lives.
Prior to the service, there will be a visitation period starting at 4:00 pm. This will provide an opportunity for friends and loved ones to offer their condolences and support to Mark’s family. Your presence and kind words will bring comfort during this difficult time.
Donations and Condolences
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Mark held a deep admiration for the work done by this organization, which provides vital support and care to children battling serious illnesses. Your contribution will honor Mark’s memory and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those in need.
If you are unable to attend the Memorial Service or would like to express your condolences, you may do so online at our website. Your heartfelt messages and thoughts will provide solace to Mark’s family and serve as a reminder of the love and support that surrounds them during this time of loss.
Let us come together to celebrate the life of Mark R. Nicholson, to find solace in each other’s presence, and to honor the lasting impact he had on our lives. May his memory live on in our hearts and inspire us to live with the same love, integrity, and dedication that he exemplified.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mark R. Nicholson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Mark, a self-employed building contractor, found joy in his work and cherished the opportunity to collaborate with his wife and children. He was a man of strong values, teaching his children the importance of trust, honesty, care, and hard work. Mark’s favorite hobby was snow skiing, and he had a wide circle of friends who shared his various interests. His family is grateful for the time they had with him and the legacy he leaves behind. A Memorial Service will be held on November 27, 2023, at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Nicholson family during this difficult time. Please visit our floral store to send flowers or plant a tree in memory of Mark R. Nicholson.