Mark Curtis Bushman, 51, of Kenyon died unexpectedly Sunday, March 29, 2020. Mark was born June 5, 1968, in Rochester, MN to Lawrence "Larry" and Wilma (Jeide) Bushman. He grew up in Utica, MN, and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1986. After graduation Mark served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. After serving his country Mark worked at Crenlo, IBM and Coca-Cola. For the last 14 years Mark was employed by Malt-O-Meal.
Mark married Kelly Campbell on July 27, 1991 and they lived in Eyota with their children, Jamie and Chris. They later divorced and Mark eventually moved to Kenyon.
Mark struggled with sobriety for many years and he was very proud to have been sober for the last 13 years, 11 months and 14 days. Mark took an active role with helping others struggling with sobriety. He was a kind, gentle man with a laid-back personality who was also a great listener that never gave up on anyone. Mark enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hanging out with his sons, having coffee and swishers while talking with family and friends especially Gary Heim, golfing and watching football and baseball.
Survivors include his sons, Jamie Bushman of Aurora, CO and Chris (Elizabeth) Bushman of St. Cloud, grandchildren, Noah, Myla and Aspen, his parents, Larry and Wilma Bushman of Utica, a sister, Cheryl (Wayne) Ehlenfeldt of Elba and a brother, Randy (Julie) Bushman of St. Charles and his niece Aimee (Brandon) Nelson and nephews Scott (Kari) Ehlenfeldt, Isaac Bushman and Nolan Bushman.. Graveside services for Mark will be June 20, 2020 at 11 am at Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines. Please share a memory of Mark and sign his online guestbook and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. If you wish to send a card to his family, you may mail it to Hoff Funeral Home, PO Box 576, St. Charles, MN 55972. Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service - St. Charles is assisting the family with arrangements.
"Mark was one of my best friends for over 30 years, and we are both friends of Bill W. I have too many memories to list, but we golfed together 10 times every summer. He was a masher in football and we played against each other for several years before playing Legion Baseball together in St. Charles. The three weeks prior to his leaving for the service and my leaving for college, we took daily drives that can only be described as risk taking. We connected again in the 90\'s, and became extremely close over the past 13 years. I have lost more than a friend and think of him daily. Deepest sympathies to the entire family. He was a great man."
"Wilma, Larry and Family I am so sorry for your loss my deepest sympathies to you all just try to keep all the good memories in your Heart. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you."
"I remember Mark was the running back for the St. Charles football team of 8th and 9th graders when I was in 7th grade. What a bruiser! "
"My deepest condolences to the Bushman family. Thank you for all the memories Mark!"
"My deepest condolences to the Bushman family. I have so many great memories of Mark. He always had the best smile and laugh....Miss you my friend."
"So many memories.... so many giggles...and so much fun ! I will always remember you Mark Bushman , I am keeping your Dad and Mom and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers. Posting a few pictures from our younger days . I am sure you are golfing ????? in heaven . I love you my friend and I will forever keep the memories of you and I in my heart ?? "
" I never knew Mark very well, I know his brother Randy better, we had golfed together. I do however know his son Jamie and I will say this, he raised a good kid, I\'m very proud of him and how he changed his life. I would ask Jamie how his dad was doing whenever I talked to him, and he was proud to say he was doing good. You are all in my prayers."
"My heart and prayers go out to Lawrence, Wilma, Randy, Julie, Cheryl Jamie, Chris and the rest of Marks family and friends. I remember the first time I saw mark, it feels like it wasn\'t that long ago, I was standing by the entrance Door at the VA, Mark walked in wearing a Minnesota Gophers hat, we glanced over at each other and smiled, he had the most heartwarming smile, over the next few months we got to know each other, Mark was sweet and caring, very laid back, and fun to be around. Who would have thought we would spend the next 16 years together. we had some rough patches, but Mark was always there for me regardless of the circumstances. Mark and I loved each other very much, all the way up until the end, he never gave up on us. I\'m so grateful I got the chance to tell him how much I love him, and how sorry I am for the pain I caused him, not knowing that it would be the last time! I have so many wonderful memories of mark to keep in my heart. He is the.love of my life and always will be. I love you mark and miss you everyday! my prayers are with you all, thank you Lawrence and Wilma and everyone for opening your hearts and making feel like part of your family. I pray one day you all find peace in your heart!"
"I new Mark thru my brother Mark. I got to be friends with Mark over the years. Mark was always very respectful and fun to be around. That grade had some characters. I last saw Mark at Isaacs graduation and he looked good and was enjoying life. I will miss that smile Mark always had. To Larry, Wilma, Randy, Jamie, Cheryl and Chris my thoughts and prayers are with you. "
"I have some great memories of Mark. As young boys hanging out with him (& the Schultz Boys) in Utica & then later in our high school years playing football & baseball with him. Those were some special times that I will never forget. Larry, Wilma, Cheryl, Randy, Jamie & Chris, you & your families will be in my thoughts & prayers. "
"Cheryl, I know how hard it is to lose a sibling. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. Cherish your memories. Hugs and love sent your way. Judy, Ryan and Tanya."
"So sorry to hear about your beloved loss & passing of Mark. I have many fond memories of him in his younger years as he was on of my brother?s best friends. From skiing, ice fishing and many more memories. As I read his obituary you as a family must of been so proud of him for his sobriety of 14 years plus what a amazing thing that he conquered. May he play plenty rounds of golf ,drink coffee and enjoy his swishers. So happy to have had him as a friend years ago. May his memories live in your hearts forever. Again so so for your loss to his entire family happy to hear how much he enjoys his grandchildren."
"Randy and family so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Cathy Binner"
"To my goodf friends Larry and Wilma. I had known Mark for many years and my kids remember him as they grew up with him in Utica. He always had a pleasant smile and a caring heart. My prayers and sympathies are wit you all!"
"Larry, Wilma, Cheryl&Wayne and kids, Randy&Julie and kids.. and all who loved Mark.. my deepest sympathies for the loss of Mark. Mark made me smile.. from his shit-head days to his final days.. Mark was Mark.. kind and friendly.. smiling with his squinting eyes. Will always remember him fondly!! Fly free, Mark! Heaven gained a good one! Love and peace to all! Terri"
"I am so very sorry to hear of Mark?s passing. Please accept my sympathy to all of his family. This is such a sad time for you all and I hope God will comfort you. My prayers to all of you."
"Very saddened to hear of Mark's passing. Prayers and peace to his family during this challenging time.
"So incredibly sorry for such a devastating loss. My deepest sympathies to your entire family during this heartbreaking time.
"Over a weekend there was 1 snowmobile parked by three Golden Horn lot. Mark and I wondered stay was wrong with it and why there was just one. Well I said let's see if it starts. I pulled on that thing til I was worn out, then Mark took his turn. No luck it didn't start. We did this several times when finally on the Saturday night on the final attempt it started. We both jumped on the thing and took off. We went all over around town having the time of our lives getting stuck a bunch of times as the snow was deep. When we got back to the restaurant there must have been 20 sleds in the lot and Wilma came running out of the back kitchen door shaking her fist at us. Turns out this sleds owner was part of this group and couldn't get it to run when they left back on Friday. The owner showed us some kind of badge, thinking back in it I think it was a fireman's badge, but we both were scared we were in serious trouble. The owner asked us if we had fun and we said yes and asked if we broke anything and we hadn't abs then asked how we got it running. We told him we pulled on it around 1,000 times and it started. "
"Larry and Wilma my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mark and I had so many good times that I will cherish until we meet again. Rest in Peace my brother.
"Larry and Wilma, Jamie and Chris, we express our deepest sympathy to each of you at this untimely loss of your son/father. Pray for comfort and peace at this challenging sad time. Marlow and Deb Mielke"
"Stunned and saddened to hear of Mark's passing. Many great memories being classmates, teammates, and friends. God's comfort and peace to you all."
"Larry and Wilma and family,
We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mark. Thinking of you all at this sad time. May God give you peace and comfort. We are praying for you all. You have our deepest sympathy.
Love, Erik and Lisa, Michael, Katherine, Hannah and Mark Hagen"
"I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever remember #56, The Bushwacker, we had times that I will forever cherish, memories that will last until we meet again. May God help ya all through these tough times."
"Larry, Wilma and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. With deepest Sympathy, sending prayers to all
Dave and Wendy Bushman"
"I have so many wonderful memories of Mark it's hard to choose just one. Thinking about you all in this time of sorrow, may you find comfort within each other."
"Larry, Wilma and family we are so sorry to hear about Mark. Sending our deepest sympathy to you along with prayers of healing. May God comfort you in this trying time. "
"Larry, Wilma, Cheryl and Randy, I am so very sorry to hear of Mark's passing. So many memories of him that I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. God bless you all."
"We are so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He will surely be missed by many. Sending all our hugs and prayers to you all. God Bless and comfort you through this."
"so sorry to get this sad news ,, wilma and larry loosing a child is so very hard broken ,,, my prayers go out to you both and family ,, god bless you all "
"I am so very sad to hear this about Mark. Please except my deepest sympathy. May God help you through this."