Mark Robert Pirch, 66, of Lakes of the North, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey. He was born on February 22, 1953 in Pontiac, MI, the son of Stanley and Celia (Harkness) Pirch.
After graduating high school, Mark served in the United States Army during Vietnam for three years. Shortly after returning home, he met Tina Case through mutual friends, and they wed on September 3, 1977 in Pontiac, MI. Mark worked as a sales engineer in the telecommunications field for the Allen Corporation of America as well as RCA. He and Tina retired to Lakes of the North in 2015.
Mark loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was known to always be busy; whether it was fixing things, or helping others, he always had something going on. He always had a project or two he was working on at home and had a knack for overbuilding—namely the bunkbeds he built which may never be able to be disassembled. He also enjoyed camping, spoiling his dogs, and bowling. He will be remembered as a generous man, who would give you the shirt off his back.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, Tina Pirch; three children, James Pirch of Jackson , MI, Melissa Brush (Fiancé Jamie Farmer) of Parma, MI, and Cassandra (Garret II) Hawkey of Parma, MI; two brothers, Russell Pirch of Detroit, MI, and Andrew (Tammy) Pirch of Hartsville, SC; a sister, Deborah (Mark) Juracek of Vassar, MI; two brothers-in-law, David (Donna) Case of Milford, MI, and Ross (Debbie) Case of Toledo, OH; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Bowen of Mancelona, Jeannie (Bob) Marsh of Alba, and Loretta (Scott) Hall of Davisburg, MI; and seven grandchildren, Caiden, Soren, Garret III, Americus, Jayce, Charlie, and Granger.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Celia Pirch.
A memorial service will be held at the Mancelona United Methodist Church, 117 E. Hinman St., Mancelona, MI 49659 on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The family will accept friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 3301 Francis St, Jackson, MI 49203.
Arrangements are in the care of the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com
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