KEARNEY - Mark Stephen Ayers, 58, of rural Kearney died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at a local residence.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. Scott Boulware will conduct the service. The family request casual dress at the service. Interment will be prior to the service at 10 a.m. at the Kearney Cemetery. Immediately following the services, there will be a luncheon at the Kearney Eagles Club 2722 (17 W 24th St).
There will be no visitation.
Mr. Ayers was born Dec. 17, 1954, in Hastings to Arden (Art) and Joan (Haried) Ayers. He married Debbie (Boulware) Ayers on March 16, 1991. He was an active co-owner of Kearney's first mini golf course at age 19, employed at Vend-it, Stewart Sandwiches. He was a finance manager at Beneficial and AVCO Finance, a manager at VFW Post 759, Kearney, then co-owner of Ayers Distributing. Mark was active in the Sowers Club of Lincoln, Kiwanis, VFW Post 759, Elks Club 914, American Legion Post 52, and Fraternal Order of Eagles 2272.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Kearney; a son, Sean Ayers of Kearney; four daughters, Kimberly Ayers-Slagle and husband, Mike, Michelle Ayers and companion, Chris Graczyk, Katy Ayers and Megan Ayers, all of Kearney; six grandchildren whom he adored; his father, Art Ayers of Kearney; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam (Ayers) and Willie Paez of Parker, Colo., and Andrea (Ayers) and Robyn Gwynn of Dallas, Pa.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Pam Ayers of Omaha.
He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mark will be deeply missed. (Pull my finger!)
Mark was a fun-guy with a deep love of his family and Great Danes. He enjoyed laughing at his own jokes, catching Husker games, golfing and bowling. Mark was an outdoorsman who loved taking his boat out, landscaping, hiking and fishing at his home at Summer Haven Lake. He was a reserved, organized and intelligent man with suave dance techniques and a knack for collecting coins. Throughout his life, he made many close friends. Mark was highly involved in charitable gaming with his work at Ayers Distributing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Ayers; grandparents, Lucille Callahan and LaVerne Ayers, Helen Huffman and Leonard Haried.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 11, 2013.