Mark Isselhard

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Mark A. Isselhard, 60, of Swansea, IL, born September 1, 1960, in Clayton, MO, died Thursday, November 5, 2020, at his residence, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

Mark was an outdoorsman, a hunter and fisherman.  His most favorite past time was his horses. He loved to ride!   He raised his horses and then assisted in training them for racing.  Sometimes he was in the winner’s circle with his favorite horse, Alan’s Gift.  His most recent passion was gardening.  He had a garden of full variety.  He enjoyed taking care of the family farm where he worked countless hours keeping up with the animals, the pasture and equipment.  Mark also enjoyed spending time with some of his close friends.  After his father passed, Mark cared for his mother on the farm.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roland S. Isselhard.

Surviving are his daughter, Meagan (JT) Hamilton; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Geissert; his mother, Ruth, nee Rohr, Isselhard of Swansea, IL; two sisters, Linda (Jim) Walker of New Athens, IL, and Laura (Keith) Pickerel of Swansea, IL; two brothers, David Isselhard of Swansea, IL, and R. Scott Isselhard of Swansea, IL; and many nieces and nephews; great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.




20 Comments on Mark Isselhard

Chet Breitwieser said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 9:13 PM

Dear Mrs. Isselhard and family, Holding you close in my thoughts and prayers with Mark's passing. I remember how he cherished horses. I have such fond memories of time spent at your home when we were growing up. Those bonfires and ice skating on the pond in the winter. Brother Todd, Mark and the Schanter boys were quite the neighborhood crew. Mark and Ward were in Todd and Joyce's wedding. I am certain Mark and Todd are having a heavenly toast ! They both left us too soon. May the good memories you shared bring you peace and comfort.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2020 at 9:38 AM

Ruth and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Nashville
  • il
Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 10:06 AM

Dear Ruth, so sorry about your loss. Becky

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Juanita Griebel said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 8:03 PM

Linda & family: Sorry to hear of the passing of your dear brother. You are in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
John and Karen Hunt said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 3:41 PM

Ruth, Karen and I were so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. Please know you are in our prayers.

  • Troy
  • IL
Gloria Reading said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 1:51 PM

My dear Ruth, I know that your heart is breaking. May God’s comfort and good memories soon transform your heartache into peace. Sending love, Gloria

  • Edwardsville
  • Il
/Beth Humes said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 11:06 AM

Ruth and family, I was so sorry to read of Mark's passing. My heart goes out to you. Please know that I will be praying for you during this difficult time. Much love, Beth

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Robert raab said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 5:30 AM

Worked with mark,Mark, always supplying berry's for homemade wine,here's a toast to mark

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jay Calhoun said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 4:20 AM

David Sorry to hear about the passing of Mark You and your family are in our prayers

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Debbie Fehlker said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 9:07 PM

My deepest sympathy to Mark’s family. Mark was blessed to have his family caring for him his final weeks. No more suffering, free from pain and breathing easy.!!❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cindy Hamilton Kaemmerer said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 8:48 PM

So sad and sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Our small family of Wolf Branch grads of yesteryear is slowly shrinking and every loss breaks my heart. Condolences to the whole family.

  • San Diego
  • CA
Janet tourville said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 5:31 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family! I loved him dearly and will miss him

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Nancy Dunn said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 5:19 PM

Ruth and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Nancy Dunn

  • O’Fallon
  • IL 62269
Carly Newton said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 11:36 AM

Prayers to Aunt Ruth and the entire family. No more pain, only peace. He has lots of wonderful folks waiting for him on the other side. ❤️ -Carly and Ryan

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Susan Walter said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 7:51 AM

Mark will be missed he was a wonderful friend to all! Our prayers are with you all ??

  • Swansea
  • Il
Tom&sue Walter said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 7:48 AM

Mark will be missed he was a wonderful friend to all! Our thoughts and prayers ??

  • Swansea
  • Ill
Denise Koderhandt Feld said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2020 at 2:08 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ❣️?

  • Germantown
  • Il
Marilou Blum said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2020 at 1:23 PM

Deepest sympathy on your loss. Keeping Ruth and family in my prayers! Love and Prayers, Marilou and Jerry Blum

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
roxanne bynum said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2020 at 10:49 AM

Ruth and family, my sincerest condolences. I remember Mark from Whiteside as someone who was witty, helpful and charming.

  • swansea
  • il
Christie Scher said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2020 at 10:03 AM

Wayne & I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Marks Family & Friends. No more suffering. . Prayers to all Wayne & Christie Scher

  • Belleville
  • Il 62223

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