In Memory of

Mark Eugene Courtright

June 18, 1951 - July 16, 2015
Mark was born on June 18, 1951 in Cherokee, Iowa to Floyd Lavern Courtright and Margaret Mary Kohn Courtright. Mark graduated from Willow Community High School in 1969 in Quimby, Iowa. Mark enlisted in the Iowa Air National Guard out of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa on January 22, 1970. He served six years and was discharged January 21, 1976. Mark married Deborah Lea Wright on June 19, 1971 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Quimby, Iowa. Mark served on the Cherokee Fair Board for many years. He was an active Boy Scout leader to his two sons. Mark was Catholic and a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus. Mark worked for Simonsen's, Harmon Heating, Holzauer's, Clark's Building Center and Taylor Refrigeration over the years and retired December 1, 2014, after working 29 years at the Cherokee REC (now Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative). Mark's goal in life was to see all 50 states and he has done all but three, whether it was by car, snowmobile or motorcycle. He was a nature lover and loved to go out west to see the mountains! He loved woodworking especially making things for his family, including a walnut gun cabinet for his son Chris. He was a jack-of-all-trades and he and Debbie renovated an 1896 Victorian home for over 35 years. He loved to help people and was always willing to share his skills and knowledge to help family, friends, community and even strangers with any project. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Margaret Courtright; wife, Debbie; his two sons Chris (Heidi) Courtright, of Cherokee, IA, and Andrew (Callie) Courtright of Waukee, IA; his grandchildren, Brett (Brittany) Courtright and their children, Sophia, Chloe and Cole of Cherokee, IA, Dustin (fiancé Sami Eberly) Courtright of Cherokee, IA, Madison and Megan Courtright of Cherokee, IA, and Maninoa, Avea and Manaia Courtright of Waukee, IA; his siblings, Stanley Courtright of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Joseph (Nancy Jackson) Courtright of Hinton, IA, Annette Bray of Palmer, IA, Mary Jo Mattheis of Bellevue, NE, James (Barb) Courtright of Burnsville, MN and Holly Pitts (fiancé`Al Monaco) of Omaha, NE; brothers-in-law Gary (Dorothy) Wright of Vermillion, SD, Phillip (Carolyn) Wright of Cherokee, IA, Michael (Ann) Wright of Cherokee, IA, sisters-in-law Carol (Richard) Wych, Cathy (Larry) Nicolaisen, Terri Chester and brother-in-law Douglas Wright all of Quimby, IA;many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Lavern Courtright, grandparents Noel and Vesta Courtright, Uncle Clayton Courtright, grandparents Frank and Josephine Kohn, father-in-law Dale Wright, mother-in-law Ann King Wright, sister-in-law Nancy Wright, nephews Corey and Justin Nicolaisen. Our family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center Hospice, Dr. Stephen Veit of Cherokee, IA., Dr. Katherine Price, and Dr. Robert Foote of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Stan Courtright Joseph Courtright James Courtright Mark Galbraith Jeff Roemen Kent Schmillen Honorary Bearers Chris Courtright, Andrew Courtright, Brett Courtright, Dustin Courtright,Megan Courtright, Madison Courtright, Maninoa Courtright, Avea Courtright, Manaia Courtright, Sophia Courtright, Chloe Courtright, and Cole Courtright.
Visitation will begin at noon on Sunday, with the family present from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service and rosary at 3:00 p.m. following the visitation at the funeral home.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Deb and family, We were so sorry to hear of the death of Mark. He was a great husband, father, and grandpa. I hope God will be with you at this difficult and lonely time. ”
- Lynette & Pat Hyndman
Monday, July 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Deb, Just know that you are not alone in your time of grief. Prayers go out to you and your family.”
- Mary A. Morris
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.”
- Linda L Ruschmann
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sad to hear about the passing of my Willow HS classmate Mark. He will be missed. ”
- Dave Susie
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“My husband Mark enjoyed working with Mark at the R.E..C. He was very professional. I also appreciated everything he did for the Ag safety day Farm Bureau program Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences. ”
- Mark & Kim George
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Prayers and thoughts for your family. ”
- Todd & Corinne Peters
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Marks passing. He was a great person.
- Carrie Lamm
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was fortunate to be one of many people who got to enjoy working with Mark through the rural electric co-op connection over the years. I was always impressed by his knowledge and commitment to the REC and its members. He spoke enthusiastically about his snowmobile trips out west - before he went and after he returned!
God bless your family during this time of loss.”
- Jim Sayers
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“i'm very sorry to hear for your loss.I've been asking Dustin how hes doing and hes been keeping me informed.Im sending my prayers o all of you”
- Melissa Eberly
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers to ALL of you during this difficult time. Thinking of you all.”
- Troy and Heidi Howard
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Mary Jo and family, So sorry to hear the news....our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you with find comfort as you share memories of Mark in the following days, weeks and years with the family. Even though I did not know Mark I know thru hearing Mary Jo thought about him he was a wonderful guy. Sending lots of hugs....Vicki Lorenz and Phil Allen”
- Vicki Lorenz
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“His (and Deb's) enthusiasm for our Wednesday night motorcycle rides was unbounded. We will miss him. RIP Mark!”
- Howard & Beth Rupp
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Craig & I are so very very sorry to hear about Mark's passing. Sending hugs and prayers. All our love to you and your family at this difficult time.
- Bev Simonsen
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Thoughts, prayers & love to you all!!!”
- Stephanie Woolley
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