COUDERSPORT - Mark A. Freeman, 60, of Coudersport, died Saturday (Oct. 23, 2021) at UPMC Hamot in Erie following complications related to COVID-19.
Mark was born on July 8, 1961, in Bentwaters Air Force Base, England, the son of the late Milton S. and Betty Ann Palmatier Freeman. On Aug. 15, 1981, he married the former Mary Jo Glassmire and they have celebrated 40 years of marriage.
Mark graduated from Coudersport High School, Class of 1979. He excelled in track and football and was proud member of the FFA.
Mark was well liked, kind, compassionate, and an extremely hard worker. He was the Director of Operations for UPMC Cole – Cole Care and helped build Cole Care from the ground up starting in 1985. Prior to Cole Care he had worked for Pure Carbon and Molded Plastics Midland Optical. He was a current Homer Township supervisor and part owner of Freeman Family Farm LLC and M & M Freeman LLC. He was also a past co-operator of Glassmire Snowmobile Sales for 25+ years.
Mark was a member of several organizations and activities including: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Potter County Snowmobile Club, Life member of the N.R.A, an alumni member of the Denton Hill Ski Patrol, former member of the Coudersport Sports Boosters, a former Assistant Boy Scout Leader of Troop 536 and proud to help his three sons and several other scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout. He coached baseball, football and soccer for his sons and enjoyed attending their events. Mark enjoyed hunting, maple syrup production, boating and camping at Kinzua, snowmobiling, making wine, cooking, vacations to the beach, and spending time with his family, friends and "grand dogs," Hickory, Josie and Timber.
In addition to his wife, Mary Jo, Mark is survived by sons, Taylor (Danielle) Freeman of Washington, Pa., Dr. Kyle (Jillian) Freeman of Iowa City, Iowa, and Mitchell (Nicole Bowmaster) Freeman of Coudersport; siblings, Deborah (Robert) Hults of Millerstown, Steven (Linda) Freeman of Coudersport, Linda (Victor) Brown of Coudersport, Jeffrey (Mary) Freeman of Coudersport, Lorraine (William) Brown of Milan, Emily Jo (Daniel) Skelton of Fisherville, Ind.; numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and his Cole Care family.
In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his in-laws, Lewis and Edythe Glassmire and his best friends, his chocolate Labrador Retriever, Cocoa and black Cocker Spaniel Misty.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, from 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport and Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 US-6 West, Coudersport. Mark's funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. John L. Kallerson, officiating.
The family suggest memorial contributions in Mark's name be made to the Mark Freeman Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Northwest Bank, 302 N. East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or UPMC Cole Foundation, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, or St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3 Borie St., Coudersport.
To share your fondest memories of Mark or to sign his guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.
Published by The Bradford Era from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, 2021.