Richard (Dick) James Marken


June 11, 1934 - April 27, 2016


Richard James Marken was born June 11, 1934 at Emery, SD to George and Cora (Webster) Marken.  He grew up and attended school in Emery.  He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.  Dick was an over the road truck driver for 48 years, driving for different trucking firms. He trucked all states except Alaska and Hawaii.  At the time of his retirement he was employed at Dakota Pump.  Dick and Shirley enjoyed traveling and the many trips they took were with Shirley’s sister, Darlene and her husband, Leon.  He enjoyed his flower garden, playing Santa for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, being with his family and got a lot of enjoyment out of teasing them.  He was known as grandpa M&M.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Richard is survived by his six children: Bill (Paula) Marken of Mitchell, daughters: Nancy (Dave) Hinks-VanWhye of Sioux Falls, Denise (Rick) Lee of Sioux Falls, Lisa Griffith of Mitchell, Susan Northrup of Sioux City, IA and Christine (Terry) Wesseling of Mount Vernon; four sisters: Shirley (Robert) Buehler of Emery, Sharon West of Watertown, Betty Steinmetz of Toronto, and Sandra (Gordon) Wipf of Sioux Falls; three brothers: Phillip (Betty) Marken of Erwin, Vernon (Luis) Marken of Cathedral City, CA and Bennie Marken of Ramona, CA; sister-in-law, Darlene (Leon) Freeburg of Janesville, WI; fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Shirley, brother, Charles, sister, Phyllis, infant brother, William and two sons-in-law, John Hinks and Conley VanWhye.



Friday, April 29, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, April 30, 2016
10:30 AM
First Presbyterian Church
500 East 5th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Greenhill Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

entry posted by Pete and Carol Wesseling on 04-29-2016
Our deepest condolences to the whole family . Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.
entry posted by Michael A. Leyba on 04-29-2016
My condolences to the Marken family.
entry posted by Dennis and Jean Kelley on 04-28-2016
Our condolences and God Bless
entry posted by Kevin Geidel on 04-28-2016
My sympathies to your family
entry posted by Shelly and Tom Peterson on 04-28-2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
entry posted by Darlene and Leon Freeburg on 04-28-2016
Our condolences to all the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
entry posted by Wendy Carter on 04-28-2016
My deepest condolences to the whole family and friends.
entry posted by Sharon Lee on 04-28-2016
My condolences to all of you.
entry posted by Betty North on 04-28-2016
My deepest condolences to all the family. May God be with you all.
entry posted by Steve Piper on 04-27-2016
Our deepest condolences to the family.
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