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Mark Allen Stephenson

June 04,1961 - April 26,2020

Obituary for Mark Allen Stephenson

Mark Allen Stephenson

Aka, Mo

A viking prayer
“Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother,
and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people,
Back to the beginning!
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them,
In the halls of Valhalla!

On Sunday, April 26, 2020 Mark Allen Stephenson, a loving father, son, and brother, passed away at the age of 58.

Mark was born on June 4, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan, to Harold and Carol (St. John) Wooden. He was the older brother to his sister, Julie, and brother, John. At age 12 his family moved from Brooklyn, Michigan, up north to Grayling. He graduated Crawford AuSable High School in Grayling, Michigan in 1980. He joined the United States Army the same year. He studied psychology at Central Michigan University 1992.

On October 4, 1980, he married the love of his life Kathryn Johnson in Grayling, Michigan, and together they raised a daughter, Michelle, and a son, Shane.

On July 25, 2012, he married Joan Kalish and enjoyed travel, music, and wonderful companionship for many years.

Mark had a passion for painting. He also loved to fish and the outdoors where he enjoyed many camping adventures. He was an avid music lover; he was a knowledge guru of everything music. He played drums, bass guitar, and was a song writer and singer.

He was known for his quick wit, irresistible laugh and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Harold Stephenson, and his wives, Kathryn, and Joan.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle (James) Edmonds, his son, Shane Stephenson, two grandsons, Xander and Lyle Stephenson, his mother, Carol Wooden, his sister, Julie (Douglas) Dinkins, his brother, John (Mary) Stephenson, beloved nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

A private Memorial & Celebration of Life will be held with immediate family and close friends where Mark’s wishes will be symbolically honored by rising his spirit up to Valhalla on a Norse Long Boat funeral pyre.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

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Rest in Peace Mark in the Lords arms where you will hear heavenly music every day. You will be missed especially your smile and laugh!!!
- Mary Stephenson
Rest In Peace Mark in the Lords arms! You can listen to heavenly music every day! You will be missed!
- Mary Stephenson
Rest In Peace Mark in Jesus arms, where you will enjoy heavenly music everyday! You will be missed especially your smile and laugh!!!
- Mary Stephenson
Rest Peacefully brother. You fought long and hard for each day these last few years. Your spirit is free now and I'll see you on the dark side if the moon!
- Julie Dinkins

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