Mark Wade Pals
July 13, 1957 - December 29, 2019
Mason City, Iowa - Mark Wade Pals, 62, of Mason City, IA died Sunday, December 29, 2019 at his home.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 4, 2020, with a one hour prior visitation at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 2nd St SE, Mason City, with Pastor Phil Boender officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
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Mark was born on July 13, 1957 at Franklin Hampton Lutheran Hospital to Marvin Peter Pals and Judy Kaye (Hansen) Pals. He attended school and graduated from Sheffield-Chapin High School, where he had played football all 4 years. Mark resided in Sheffield for most of his life until 2015, when he moved to Mason City.
Mark served and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corp; his military occupational specialty was tanks. He spent a lot of time stationed in California and had many stories he told often from his time in the Marines; his Marine buddies always referred to him as “corn picker,” since he was an Iowa boy. Mark was a proud veteran and earned: a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Pistol Sharpshooter Badge, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Letter of Appreciation.
Mark was a proud father of two children, Erica and Joe. Throughout his life Mark worked as a truck driver for various companies and his daughter Erica often rode with him. He enjoyed listening to 70's/80's music and watching Rambo-First Blood/ Bruce Lee movies. Mark was an avid NFL fan and would watch whoever was playing. When he became a grandpa, he loved playing catch and board games with his grandchildren. More recently he liked taking his grand-pups “Zoey” and “Zinnie” for walks; they really adored him. Mark will be remembered by his family for his straight forward demeanor but more importantly, his kind heart. He was a loving dad, grandpa, son and brother.
He will be missed dearly by his children, Erica (Trevor) Elwood of Mason City and Joe (fiancé Kris) Hubka of Clear Lake; grandchildren: Will, Taegen, Channing, Tenlee, Lexus, Robyn, Aidan, Liam and Karter; mother, Judy McCaslin; sister, Beth Pals; brother, Max (Deb) Pals and many nieces and nephews.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Marvin “Pete” Pals; paternal grandparents, Hank and Edna Pals; maternal grandparents, Beryl and Dorothy Hansen and many aunts and uncles.
Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA 50401, 641-423-8676, www.Fullertonfh.com Facebook/Fullertonfuneralhomes.