Mark A. Van Liere
September 28, 1960 ~ January 12, 2012
Visitation will begin at 5pm, Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, with a sharing time from 7 until 8pm. Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 16, at 3pm, with visitation one hour prior, at Heartland Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Green officiating.
Mark Allen Van Liere was born September 28, 1960 to Roy and Elaine (Van Dyk) Van Liere in Dell Rapids, SD. He was raised in Colton on the farm. He attended school at Tri-Valley High School. In 1978, Mark started working for Curt Rentschler in the plumbing trade and he eventually received his Journeyman’s license. During the year of 1982, Mark met and married Lori Anderson in Coleman, SD. They had two children, Jocelyn and Marcus. Eventually, Mark moved about the country working in Houston, TX, Rapid City, and back to Sioux Falls before he settled back in the Brandon area in 1993. Mark worked with Bob Horsley for ten years removing asbestos in construction. After that, he worked as a plumbing foreman for Midwestern Mechanical at the USD-Sanford Medical campus and later with Krier and Blain.
Mark was a fun-loving, adventurous and charismatic person who loved life, loved helping people, and loved to make people laugh. Hunting, fishing, and golf tourneys were only a few of his passions. People who really knew Mark, knew that he loved to cook, bake and grill. He was a perfectionist at ribs, pork loin and pecan pies. Mark even had his own recipe for BBQ sauce that remains under lock and key! Mark also regarded a couple of his favorite meals to be “late night hot dogs” and “refrigerator trash night.”
Mark was a member of the “Brandon Contractors and Friends” and could be found helping anyone with a need, anytime, anywhere. Giving back was his passion. Mark also was an honorary member of the Brandon VFW where he was notorious for his BBQ Rib Night specialties.
Mark will be greatly missed by his two children; Jocelyn (Sam) Burtnett, Sioux Falls and Marcus Van Liere of Apple Valley, MN, one granddaughter; Amery Burtnett, his parents; Roy and Elaine Van Liere, two brothers; Doug (Bridgett) Van Liere, Madison, SD and Mike (Wendy) Van Liere, Whitehouse, TN, four nieces and 1 nephew, and special friend and companion; Tina Ferguson, Sioux Falls, and Justine Ferguson, Vermillion, and Amos (Ashlee) Ferguson, Sioux Falls and Ezzie Ferguson.
Mark was preceded in death by one brother; Terry Van Liere
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mark Van Liere Memorial fund.