It is with deep sorrow that we say goodbye to Mark C. Bartel, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Friday, April 18. Mark was born in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Aug. 7, 1985, to Valeri Strang, nee Miller, and Gary Bartel. Mark was a devoted son, brother, friend and, above all else, father to his beautiful daughter, Audria. Mark earned his GED before attending the Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. Mark was just beginning to revive his construction company and working on plans to start flipping houses.
With Mark, it was always about how fast he could go or how much trouble he could cause. He loved motorcycles and kept his lost "brothers" close to his heart at all times. When he wasn't out riding, he could be found shooting guns at his mom's farm or playing with kids, a role that revealed his softer side and showed the devotion Mark always had to "raising kids right." Beneath Mark's tough exterior was a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone, and carried so much love in his heart.
Surviving are his mother Valeri Strang; his daughter, Audria Lange; his older brother, Brad, and niece, Mara; his older brother, Steve, and sister-in law Heather; his grandparents, Charles and Virginia Miller; and his father, Gary; in addition to his girlfriend, Meagan Ragsdale, and her sons, Michael and Ayden; and many friends and family members.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to help with funeral costs and an educational fund will be set up for Audria Lange, Mark's beloved little "bug."
Visitation: A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home, Dupo, Ill.,
Funeral: A memorial service by his friend Tim Ezell will immediately follow the visitation at the funeral home.
At a date to be announced, the family will hold a memorial celebration of Mark's life to remember him the way they believe he would have wanted: surrounded by friends, fun and a big, big fire. The family will post details to Mark's Facebook page and ask everyone to spread the word.
DASHNER-LEESMAN FUNERAL HOME, Dupo, Ill.
Dashner Funeral Home
326 S Main St Dupo, IL 62239
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 22, 2014