Vonder Embse Mark Louis Vonder Embse, age 57, of Columbus, Ohio died at Kobacker House on August 4. Mark was born in Ottawa, Ohio on May 7, 1956. He was the sixth of eight children to Richard "Lefty" Vonder Embse and Rita (Erford) Vonder Embse. He graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul grade school in 1970 and Ottawa-Glandorf High School in 1974. After high school Mark enlisted in the Air Force for four years and served at Pope Air Force Base and Heidelberg, Germany. He greatly enjoyed his career in weather. Next, he attended The University of Dayton graduating with a Bachelor's in Science in Civil Engineering in 1983. Mark later attended The Ohio State University
where he graduated with a Master's Science in Civil Engineering in 1996. Mark was employed with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for nearly 30 years before retiring in May, 2013. While employed in Columbus, Mark received many rewards and recognitions. Mark was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active at St. Andrew Parish. He is survived by his loving wife, Deb; and daughter, Gabrielle. He is also survived by his mother, Rita; and siblings, Richard (Vickie) Vonder Embse, Jeff (Julie) Vonder Embse; Terry Vonder Embse; Monica Vonder Embse; Anita Ferguson (Steve); and Julia Fuerst (Leon); and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his sister Rhonda Wilson, (2001) and father "Lefty" Vonder Embse, (1992). Mark loved to make people laugh especially when he got together with his friends from FHWA, ODOT or his home town of Ottawa, Ohio. He also enjoyed keeping up with his nieces and nephews whom he saw at many family gatherings. While Mark served his country, family, and friends well over his 57 years, the role he excelled at and enjoyed was the one of father. He was extremely loving and proud of Gabrielle. He will always be remembered as "Dadu" by his little girl and she will never forget him. As he parts this earth, his family and friends are sure that he will hear those words from Our Lord and Father when reaching Heaven -- "Well done, good and faithful servant". Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Road, where a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Road. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Andrew Tuition Assistance Fund in Mark's name. Visit www.egan-ryan.com
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