Mark James Melanson (July 6, 2020)

Mark James Melanson photoSeptember 22, 1957 ~ July 6, 2020


1 Daughter – Emily Melanson of Elk Horn, IA
2 Sons – Jason (Kristen) Melanson of Elk Horn, IA
Christopher (Kelsie) Melanson of Griswold, IA
1 Sister – Lauren Sparks
3 Brothers – Gary Melanson
Bruce Melanson
Bryan Melanson
6 Grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Mark James Melanson, son of Ralph and Helen (Walsh) Melanson, was born on September 22, 1957, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He graduated from Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts. In April 1985, Mark married Jodi Lynn Gorichs in Quincy. The couple raised three children; they were married for 17 years before divorcing.

Mark moved with his family to Elk Horn, Iowa, in 1998, where he worked in the maintenance department at Salem Lutheran Homes for many years. He later worked as an area handyman.

Mark was a former member of the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. He enjoyed reading and listening to country music. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Mark J. Melanson died on Monday, July 6, 2020, at his home in Elk Horn, Iowa. He had reached the age of 62 years, 9 months, and 14 days.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Peter Melanson, and one sister, June Melanson. He is survived by one daughter, Emily Melanson of Elk Horn, Iowa; two sons, Jason (Kristen) Melanson of Elk Horn, Iowa, and Christopher (Kelsie) Melanson of Griswold, Iowa; one sister, Lauren Sparks; three brothers, Gary Melanson, Bruce Melanson, and Bryan Melanson; six grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left online at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

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4 Responses to Mark James Melanson (July 6, 2020)

  1. Jill Madsen says:

    Your Dad always had a friendly smile and kind word every time I saw him. Thinking of you all 🙏

  2. Jessie Anzalone says:

    Chris and family, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Prayers to your family!

  3. Mary Edelman says:

    We are so sorry to read of Mark passing. He was just super when Merlyn was in SalemHome. He honestly had a heart of gold. We will miss seeing him in Elk Horn.SO SORRY. Merlyn Molgaard & Mary Edelman

  4. Russ Marquardt says:

    I considered Mark as a friend. He always had a smile and I will miss that. I am sorry for your loss.

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