TRAVERSE CITY — Mark William Gleason II, 57, of Traverse City, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 14, 1956, in Fremont, to the late Mark and Virginia (Eagleton) Gleason.
Mark lived his whole life on Old Mission Peninsula. He loved to drive around the peninsula to look for wildlife on the farms and stop to visit friends. Mark enjoyed people at work and play. He was a friend to all and would always lend a hand when needed.
He loved the outdoors; camping, bear hunting, farming, fishing, fly tying and deer hunting at Cherry Grove Hunting Club brought him great joy.
He was a lifetime member of the Traverse Regional Conservation Club, Central United Methodist Church and was an educator for hunter safety and snowmobile safety.
Mark retired from Star Truck Rentals in 2009 and enjoyed helping out during cherry harvest the last few years.
Nothing was more important than spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Mark is survived by his wife, Karen (Townsend) Gleason; daughter, Katherine (Jeff) Howard; son, Mark W. (Jamie) Gleason III; grandchildren, Allie and Roger Gleason and Grace Howard; brothers, Michael Gleason and Van Gleason; mother-in-law, Mattie Townsend; brother-in-law, Kevin (Sue) Townsend; and special friends, Gary and Gayla Finstrom and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gwen Luoma; and father-in-law, Raymond Townsend.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 10, at Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City. The memorial service will begin at noon following the visitation with the Reverend Dale Ostema officiating.
Memorial contributions may be sent in Mark’s name to Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City, MI.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.