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Mark M. Wilson

Mark M. Wilson June 29, 1942 - Feb. 21, 2014

WILLMAR - Mark M. Wilson, 71 of Willmar passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014 at his home in Willmar. Memorial service will be 11:00 am on Tuesday February 25, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Mark Mooney Wilson was born on June 29, 1942 in Granite Falls, Minnesota, the son of Francis and Thurma (Mooney) Wilson. He grew up in Granite Falls, Minnesota where he graduated from Granite Falls High School. He then attended Grahm Eckes Prep School in Palm Beach, Florida. In 1962 he attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana where he graduated with a BS majoring in Biology, Business and Secondary Education.

Mark was united in marriage to Suzanne Litel on August 18, 1967 in Billings, Montana. The couple moved to Granite Falls. In 1971 they moved to the Willmar area. Mark worked various construction jobs for over forty years including Duininck Bros. where he was an estimator.

Mark was baptized and confirmed at the Congregational Church in Granite Falls. He was currently a member of the United Methodist Church in Willmar where he served as a Sunday school teacher and on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Shriners and Masonic Lodge. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America receiving his Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards. He also was a member of Ducks Unlimited, AA and worked with the Little Crow Ski Club while his daughter was on the team.

Mark enjoyed being outdoors gardening, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. He was excellent at sailing participating in a World Sailboat Regatta while in Florida. He also enjoyed horses where he participated in rodeos. He was known for his hobby of building birdhouses.

Mark is survived by his partner Suzanne Wilson of Willmar; daughter Shae-Lynn Wilson of Houston, TX; sisters: Pat Wilson and Kit Wilson of Ely, MN; aunts: Dorothy Hollimon of San Antonio, TX and Donna Pederson of Hamel, MN and several cousins and other relatives.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.