Wellington E. "Mark" Markus


(Sept. 1, 2007)

Wellington E. "Mark" Markus, 87, died on Saturday, Sept. 1, in Nampa, Idaho, where he had lived since November, 2005. He was formerly a 30-year resident of Powell. He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Foxholm, N.D., to William Lewis and Helen Margaret (Johnson) Markus. He attended school there and graduated from Foxholm High School in 1937.

Mark attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1941. Upon graduating, he worked for Allison Engineering Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., a manufacturer of aircraft engines. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman during World War II. After the war, Mark started his career with the Bureau of Reclamation at Buckley Field, Colo. He worked for the U.S.B.R. in the construction of irrigation projects in Riverton and Cody, and Bismarck, N.D., and was the Chief Construction Engineer at Yellowtail Dam near Hardin, Mont. He retired in 1977.

He married his college sweetheart, Doris I. Osmundson of Minnesota, on Nov. 9, 1941. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to Doris' death on April 23, 1992.

Mark was a member of Riverton, Wyo., Masonic Lodge 26 AF and AM. He enjoyed hunting birds and big game, fishing, and trap and skeet shooting. During his retirement, he became a skillful wood carver of wildlife.

He is survived by his second wife, Marie (Ward) Markus of Lovell; two daughters, Ellen I. (Robert) Fredrickson of Murrysville, Pa., and Jean E. (Phil) Kormylo of Meridian, Idaho; eight grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Evelyn Rostad.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise, and an additional service will be held in July, 2008, in Cody.

Relyea Funeral Chapter helped the family with arrangements.