Knoblauch, Mark

Mark Allen Knoblauch, 57, of State Line Road, Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 11, 2013, at Hospice of Lenawee, after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 18, 1955, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Herbert and Twila Knoblauch. He married Kathie Patton on Sept. 22, 1979 in Morenci.

Mark graduated from Morenci Area High school in 1974. He also attended classes for several years at Jackson Community College and Michigan State University. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #368. 

Mark worked for Stauffer Chemical for several years. The majority of his career was spent with the City of Hudson, serving in several capacities including waste water treatment plant superintendent and most recently Hudson city manager. He also worked as a field sales representative for Musco Sports Lighting. 

Mark took great pride in his family and he was involved in many of their activities.  He made it a priority to attend the important events in the lives of his family, and tried to pass on his love of the outdoors to his son and daughter. Mark enjoyed hunting, gardening, golfing and attending car races at MIS. An avid fan of rock and roll, Mark enjoyed attending concerts and listening to music. He also loved to read, and to watch Star Trek on television. Later in life Mark took up woodworking, one of his father's favorite hobbies. 

In addition to his wife, Mark is survived by a son, James Knoblauch of Morenci; a daughter, Heidi (and Ricky) Roberts of Monroe, Mich.; sisters, Marlene (and Richard) Baker of Leslie, Mich., and Patricia (and Ron) Keller of Flint, Mich.;  an aunt, Barbara Rizner, of Hillsdale, Mich.; his father- and mother-in-law, James and Juanita Patton of Clayton, Mich.; his sister- and brother-in-law, Sheila and Richard Thompson of Clayton; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Darrell Knoblauch.

A graveside memorial service is scheduled at 4 p.m. Sept. 15, at Oak Grove Cemetery, with Jim Yatzek of Morenci Bible Fellowship officiating. The service will be followed by a celebration of Mark's life at the Morenci American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or Morenci American Legion Post #368.