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Mark Hons


Mark Eugene “Hoss” Hons, 53, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at his home near West Liberty following an extended illness.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. No funeral services will be held. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. A memorial fund has been established.

Mark will be missed by all. A very special thanks to Betty, Nancy and Diana Sprague of Mercy Services and Joan, Christy, Steve and Maurie of Iowa City Hospice.

Mark was born January 29, 1959, the son of Max and Phyllis West Hons. In 1977 he was a graduate of Woodbury Central High School in Moville. Hoss moved to West Liberty in August 1981 to work for Ken and Linda Minor who became like a second set of parents to him, and for whom he worked for 18 and one half years. He then went to Stutsman’s Inc. in Hills from 2000 to 2004. On April 13, 1985, he was united in marriage to the former Shelly Severson in West Liberty and they had three children, Brittney, Lindsey and Max. He loved to golf, hunt and fish with friends before his health deteriorated. Mark was a jokester and like playing practical jokes.

Survivors include his wife Shelly of West Liberty; children Brittney and Lindsey of Cedar Falls and Max of West Liberty; sisters Diane (Chuck) Ashley and Nancy (Tim) Weaver of Moville and Jeannine Hons of Kirkland, Wash; stepfather Verlyn Schmidt of Moville; stepsister Sherry (Randy) Beaver; stepbrother Rick Schmidt both of Moville and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his in-laws Robert and June Severson of West Liberty; sister-in-law Mindy (Dean) Heick of West Liberty; brother-in-law Mike (Marci) Severson of Wilton, a niece and three nephews. Three very special friends who were like family are Jason Wulf of Gary, Ind., Renee Wulf Miller of Iowa City and Troy Wulf of West Liberty.

He was preceded in death by his father Max who died when Mark was six years old, his mother Phyllis Hons Schmidt and niece Michelle Wood.

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