Mark Haupert, 84, of What Cheer, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sigourney. Burial will be at Sixteen Cemetery in Thornburg. Visitation will be held at Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a rosary at 5 p.m.
Mark Joseph Haupert was born in Harper, Iowa on Sept. 14, 1928, the son of Frank and Thresa Highberger Haupert. He attended Catholic school in Harper and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. Mark served two years during the Korean War. On Feb. 27, 1954, he was united in marriage to Roberta Irene Kitzman. In 1955, the couple bought a farm, where they raised seven children.
Mark, like most farmers, worked from sunrise to sunset. He valued honesty, integrity, honor and most of all, faith. Mark made certain he and his family attended Mass each Sunday. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, playing pool and the day-to-day operation of his farm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Roberta; a sister, Irene Haupert; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Reed.
Mark is survived by three sons, Tony (Kay) Haupert of Cape Fair, Mo., Robert (Stephanie) Haupert of What Cheer and Henry (Kristi) Haupert of Collins; four daughters, Susan Haupert of Cedar Rapids, Carol Haupert of Ottumwa, Diane (Greg) Walston of Vinton and Janet (Kevin) Willard of Waterloo; a sister, Marcella Reed of Washington; a brother-in-law, Charles (Neisha) Kitzman of Marion; a sister-in-law, Marlene (Karl) Sibert of Cedar Rapids; and eight grandchildren, Amanda Walston, Sara Walston, Matthew Walston, Christopher Haupert, Aaron Haupert, Abbie Haupert, Callie Haupert and Marcus Haupert.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church — Lords Pantry, Iowa Veterans Home or to the family.
Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.hollandcoblefuneralhome.com.
Published Jan. 24, 2013 in The Gazette