A 1979 graduate of Belleville Township High School East, Mark worked as a large machine technician for Ryder Transportation Company. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast and a retired member of the 100 Miles An Hour Club. Mark was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward L. Pope Sr. and Rosemarie B., nee Bauer, Pope.
Surviving are his daughter, Miranda Pope of Shiloh, IL;
four sisters, Rosalie Schlarman,
and Beverly (Larry) Closterman, all of Belleville, IL,
and Mary (Jack) Oesterle of Kirkwood, MO;
and his brother, Edward Jr. (Margie) Pope of Shiloh, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
My Deepest Sympathy To The Pope & Bauer Families! We Shared Some Good Times & Bad! Our Birthdays Only 3 Days Apart! You Were The Best Brother-In-Law Anyone Could Want! Love You…Mark!!
Jack Oesterle,Jr., Kirkwood, Missouri, 63122-2650
Gonna miss you old man, we loved you so much. It’ll be hard not hearing your laugh or jokes anymore….love you Mark.
Marissa Poe, Dupo, Illinois, 62239-1229
You are loved! Matt’s got those gates open for ya, ride on in! I love you both very much!
Paula Kirtlink, Swansea, Il, 62226
One of my first and best friends back at Birdsell’s paper office and high school. We haven’t kept in touch, but, you will be missed.
Shaun Stokes, Belleville, Illinois, 62220
Sorry to learn of Mark’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God continue to be with all of you.
Joe and Kathleen Davis, Linwood, Kansas, 66052
My deepest sympathy to the Pope Family. I grew up with Mark in our old Belleville neighborhood. We spent many years together and I have many fond memories as youngsters growing up. It was a wonderful time in all our lives. God Bless everyone in the Pope Family.
Frank J. Rogg Jr., godfrey, illinois, 62035