Obituaries of Mark Merboth (1962 – 2022) – Walker Lake, NV

Marc Richard Merboth
Born: April 26, 1962 in Morrison, Illinois
Died: March 5, 2022 in Walker Lake, NV
Mark Richard Merboth, 59, of Walker Lake, Nevada, died March 5, 2022 at his home surrounded by his wife and loved ones. Mark died after a long illness of a progressive neurological disorder.
Mark was born April 26, 1962 in Morrison, Illinois to Charlotte and Elmer Merboth. Mark graduated from Mount Carroll High School in 1980. He then attended Freeport Community College, earning an associate’s degree in automotive technology in 1982. Mark enlisted in the Air Force from 1983 to 1987 and served in Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Mark returned to Carroll County and entered the Quality Assurance Specialized Ammunition Oversight (QASAS) program at Savanna Army Depot with Group 76 Mark served as a civilian for the Department of Defense for the rest of his career, working in various capacities at Tooele Army Depot and Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah, Munitions Plant McAlester in Oklahoma, Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois and Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Mark has also served overseas throughout his career in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark retired from public service in November 2018.
Mark married his ex-wife Michelle DeSpain of Savanna, Illinois in 1984, and they had three children – Brynn, Mallorie and Samara. Mark and Michelle raised their children near Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, Mark was a commissioned lay pastor for the Presbyterian Church serving congregations throughout the Utah Presbytery and was an active member of Westvale Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and a youth group leader. Mark enjoyed many jeep trips to Moab and the mountains surrounding Salt Lake, and was an avid ice hockey and NASCAR player.
Mark met Deborah West while deployed together in Iraq with the QASAS program in 2010. On November 17, 2012, they were married at Argo Fay United Methodist Church in Argo Fay, Ill. Mark and Deborah lived in Huntsville, Ala., for most of their marriage where they were active members of the Rock Family Worship Center. Mark supported the church’s Widows’ Warriors Group and enjoyed volunteering his handyman and cooking skills in the community. Mark and Deborah sponsored Fikile, a child from Eswatini, through the Children’s Cup charity. After Mark’s retirement, Mark and Deborah moved to Walker Lake, Nevada, where they joined Walker Lake Baptist Church.
Mark is survived by his wife Deborah Merboth of Walker Lake, Nevada; parents Charlotte and Elmer Merboth of Mount Carroll, Illinois; ex-wife Michelle Merboth of Caldwell, Idaho; son Brynn (Candyce) Merboth of Melbourne, Florida; his daughter Mallorie (Candy) Merboth of Broomfield, Colorado; his daughter Samara (Tim) Merboth of West Valley City, Utah; son-in-law Robert West of Walker Lake, Nevada; his daughter-in-law Cathryn (Weston) Musnicki of Reno, Nevada; brother Michael (Diane) Merboth of Clinton, Iowa; and his brother Matthew (Angela) Merboth of Utica, Illinois. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandparents Samuel and Martha Adams of Savanna, Illinois, and Wayne and Ada Merboth of Lanark, Illinois; aunt Maureen Vetricek of Dubuque, Iowa; uncle and aunt Edward and Betty Merboth of Lanark, Illinois; and uncle Donald Law of Mount Carroll, Illinois.
There will be a memorial service at Argo Fay Methodist Church (4298 Oil Valley School Rd, Thomson, IL 61285) on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 1 p.m., followed by an open house to celebrate life at Manny’s Pizza (211 Main St, Savanna, IL 61074). Mark will be laid to rest in Lanark, Illinois Cemetery in a private ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Mark has requested that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (KJV)

Published by Prairie Advocate on March 16, 2022.


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