MARKISEN, Harold R. "Mark"
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Harold R. "Mark" Markisen, died in his home in Boca Raton on February 11, 2013, under VITAS Hospice care. Always precise, he was 100 years, 7 months and 4 days old and had been a 3 pound baby at birth in Racine County, Wisconsin. Mark attended Ripon College and Northwestern University as the Great Depression permitted; he went to the bank for a college loan and they gave him a teller's job instead. He worked as a Special Agent for the Civil Service Commission and the US Treasury Department Internal Revenue Service. Occasionally he strapped on his gun to provide extra protection when President Eisenhower visited Denver. Upon retirement, he was an investigator for the Colorado Milk Board and had a tax preparation and advising business. He also had part time gigs as a private investigator, cab driver, and secret shopper. The love of his life was his wife of 73 years, Helen, until her death in 2008. They traveled extensively in Europe in their retirement and made yearly car trips into their nineties between their home of 50 years in Denver and their daughters in Florida and the west coast. Mark was an active stock investor until two weeks before his death (keeping meticulous records, of course, and doubling his nest egg since 2008) and would advise all who would listen. He was long predeceased by his sister Lucille Simon of Buffalo and brother Willis Markisen of Wisconsin and Florida. His survivors include his daughter Leilani "Lani" and son-in-law Lewis Miller of Boca Raton, grandchildren Kristin "Kiki" Jacobs of Springfield, MA, Gail Jacobs and her husband Roy Williams of Newport, RI, and Andrew Middlebrooks of Washington State, and also another daughter and grandson on west coast who wish not to be named. Mark was a gentleman whose special gifts to his family and friends were setting and showing a high level of personal performance, honesty, and integrity, and an exceptionally graceful acceptance of the losses of very old age. Mr. and Mrs. Miller would like to thank the staff of 5 Star Classic Residences for their care of their father.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2013