ESCANABA, Mich. - Mark Edward Herrlinger, age 56, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 29, 2013, after courageously battling cancer, with his wife and family by his side.
Mark was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, on February 20, 1957, the son of John Arthur and Shirle Elizabeth (Wilson) Herrlinger Sr. He later grew up in South Carolina and following graduation in 1976, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served as a Security Police Officer for 20 years in the United States, Germany, Egypt and England. Stateside, he served in Texas, Mississippi and eventually found himself in the Upper Peninsula where he would retire at K.I Sawyer AFB. Following his honored military career, he worked for Gordon Food Service Market Place in Marquette, where he received an "Employee of the Year" award, Bay City, Mich., and Escanaba, for nearly 14 years. His last seven years, he was the store manager.
Mark was active in the Lions Club, noontime Kiwanis and was a Past Commander of the American Legion in Marquette. He was also a board member with the Salvation Army, enjoyed reading, cooking and volunteering in his spare time. A military man at heart, he found great joy in serving and helping others. But above all he enjoyed traveling with his wife to visit his seven grandchildren (the eighth one due this fall). Marks love reached out and touched his family, friends and his beloved cats.
Mark is survived by his wife, Jenette (Bannon) Herrlinger of Escanaba; son, Raymond (Melanie) Juidici of Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Melynie (John Jr.) Makinen of Negaunee; brothers, Timothy (Angela) Herrlinger, John Arthur (Faith) Herrlinger Jr., and Matthew Herrlinger; nieces, nephews, godchildren and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carrie L. Juidici, and his parents.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 9 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military Honors will be presented at 7:00 PM by the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71 and the United States Air Force. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 10 at 11:00 AM at the Salvation Army Church with Major Ralph Hanson officiating. A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall. Mark will be laid to rest in the Northland Chapel Gardens in Negaunee.
Pallbearers will include: J.D. Shaw, Jim Shaw, John Makinen Jr., Kim Hall, Cara Urbaniak Ted Finco.
Memorial contributions in Mark's name may be directed to the Salvation Army or to Marquette General Hospice.
For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to skradskifuneralhomes.com.