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Mark James Melanson

d. July 6, 2020

September 22, 1957 ~ July 6, 2020



1 Daughter – Emily Melanson of Elk Horn, IA

2 Sons – Jason (Kristen) Melanson of Elk Horn, IA

Christopher (Kelsie) Melanson of Griswold, IA

1 Sister – Lauren Sparks

3 Brothers – Gary Melanson

Bruce Melanson

Bryan Melanson

6 Grandchildren

Other Relatives & Friends

Mark James Melanson, son of Ralph and Helen (Walsh) Melanson, was born on September 22, 1957, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He graduated from Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts. In April 1985, Mark married Jodi Lynn Gorichs in Quincy. The couple raised three children; they were married for 17 years before divorcing.

Mark moved with his family to Elk Horn, Iowa, in 1998, where he worked in the maintenance department at Salem Lutheran Homes for many years. He later worked as an area handyman.

Mark was a former member of the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. He enjoyed reading and listening to country music. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Mark J. Melanson died on Monday, July 6, 2020, at his home in Elk Horn, Iowa. He had reached the age of 62 years, 9 months, and 14 days.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Peter Melanson, and one sister, June Melanson. He is survived by one daughter, Emily Melanson of Elk Horn, Iowa; two sons, Jason (Kristen) Melanson of Elk Horn, Iowa, and Christopher (Kelsie) Melanson of Griswold, Iowa; one sister, Lauren Sparks; three brothers, Gary Melanson, Bruce Melanson, and Bryan Melanson; six grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left online at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
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