Mark E. Mickelson, 63, of Manteno, passed away peacefully at home Oct. 28, 2018. He was born Sept. 11, 1955, in Kankakee, the eldest son of Harry Jr. and Shirley Munson Mickelson.
He was a graduate of Herscher High School, Class of 1974. During high school, he worked for Hendricks Town and Country, building Brock grain bins throughout Illinois and Indiana. After high school, Mark was employed for more than 30 years at Armstrong World Industries. From 1982 to 1992, he owned and operated his own printing press company, Mickelson Printing Co. He produced wedding stock envelopes and business cards on a hand-fed press that was more than 100 years old.
Mark was a volunteer member of the Limestone Township Fire Protection District for several years. He attended Kankakee Community College for data processing and drafting, as well as received his HVAC certificate. He enjoyed doing custom carpentry on the side throughout his life.
Mark has three brothers, Bret and Cindy, of Streator, Eric and April, of Limestone, and David and Sue, of Limestone.
He married the former Karen Reiniche, of Limestone, in February 1976. Mark remembered Karen’s mother, Marcella, fondly. Children from this union are Jennifer, of Stelle, James and Brittney (Partain), of Springfield, Mo., and Jacob, of Braidwood. Grandchildren are Delyn, Bekah, Avery and Ava Carter, Trevor Muehe, Cole and Jasmine Mickelson and Elli Mickelson.
Mark married his current wife, Janice Teaney-Rounds, formerly of Hartsburg, in August 2000. With this union he became the father to T.J. Rounds, of North Carolina, Matthew Rounds, of Herscher, and Ashley Rounds, of Thawville. Grandchildren include Alex Gadbois, Ty Moore, Hailey Jane (deceased) and Michael Rounds and Trinity Rathman.
He has many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mark very much enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His hobbies prior to losing his sight included family genealogy research, gardening, working with N-scale model trains and tinkering with and repairing whatever.
He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents and several other family members.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, until the 1 p.m. funeral service at Schreffler Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. Burial will follow in Limestone Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.
Please sign his guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.