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Mark Swindell

Mark Alan Swindell, 59, of Moberly, passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2021. He was born on January 18, 1962 in Moberly to Ralph Swindell and Dorothy Stone Swindell. He was raised in Madison, a graduate of Madison High School and moved to Moberly at age 28. Mark was never afraid of hard work and was a dedicated employee of Thomas Motors, starting work there when he turned 18. He even made something as simple as grocery shopping a pleasant experience for all; as a part-time team member of Bratcher’s Market, retiring recently after 13 years of service. He could always be found offering an enthusiastic hello and friendly smile to his customers. Mark was a member of Central Christian Church and Mizzou Scholarship Fund. He was in 4-H when he was younger. Mark enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Blues and the Mizzou Tigers. Mark also had a passion for and loved watching community sports. He helped coach his daughter in both MASA and Storm Soccer. When she played high school soccer, he became a member of the Grub-N-ators. He and other dads worked as the grounds crew to keep the field in pristine shape. Mark was a wonderful father, papa and friend. He had a sharp wit, contagious laugh and funny sense of humor. Mark was known for offering up his own unique catch phrases, bits of knowledge and simple words of wisdom; his family and friends began affectionately referring to these as “Markisms.” All of his friends, but especially his grandsons, daughter and all of her friends will remember how he used to end his goodbyes with “I love you as big as the sky.” His biggest pride and joy were his grandsons, Eli, Luke and Owen. He loved them as much as life itself. It didn’t matter to Mark if you were true family or not, if you held a special place in his heart, he made sure you knew how special you were to him. He always knew how to make everyone feel important. From his unbelievable kindness, big hugs and the wonderful ability to accept others, he will be greatly missed. Mark is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Swindell. He is survived by his daughter, Bethany and Brandon Kelly of St. Joseph; his grandsons, Eli, Luke and Owen Kelly, also of St. Joseph; his brothers, Mike and Harriet Swindell of Troy, IL and Steve Swindell of Columbia; nieces and nephews, Brenna and Jeremy Mann, Delaney and Brogan Mann, Jason and Angelica Swindell, Josie, Malachi, Rebekah and Ava Swindell, and Megan and Michael Link, Hudson Link, extended family and many, many good friends. A funeral service celebrating Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. For those planning to attend, we kindly ask that you please wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. A private interment will be held at a later time. Family would like to suggest that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mark’s honor be made to the Mark Swindell Memorial Fund in care of Shelly Farris at Commerce Bank that will be used to leave Mark’s “mark” throughout the community that he loved and served.

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Prayers go out to his family Mark always had a smile on his face. Such a good person. It was a pleasure to know him Jim & Kellie Smothers family

Jim Smothers Apr 21 2021 3:27 PM

We miss you so much, Mark!

Grandma Patsy Mar 11 2021 12:03 AM

Bethany, You and your sweet family were the light of your dad's life. May you be comforted today and in the days to come by the wonderful memories you have of him. Mark was such a friend to so many, and had that huge smile for everyone he came in contact with. Our community loved him and we hurt for you in this difficult loss. Your dad was amazing, so humble and so kind. He never cared to be in the spotlight, but was always encouraging you, your friends and anyone he felt needed a boost. His friendliness will long be remembered. Moberly has lost a tremendously sweet and caring person. Dee, Lisa & Colby Vanderburg

Lisa & Dee Vanderburg Feb 19 2021 10:45 PM

I remember how kind and onery Mark was but he was always the kindest guy in our class. We all enjoyed the Senior trip to Florida, we all stuck together. Mark will be sadly missed by all. Prayers for his family. Fly high Mark! Till we meet again!

Tammy Howard Feb 19 2021 9:33 AM

I worked with Mark through Thomas Motors for GM Accessories. He quickly became one of my favorites over the past two years, he was easy to work with and always made me smile during the phone calls we had. I am sorry I never got to meet him in person. I was heartbroken to hear of his unexpected passing, and I feel for his family and his work family. As difficult as it is now, time does help ease the sting. Stay strong and hug your loved ones. Rest easy, Mark. <3

Sharon Stout Feb 19 2021 7:35 AM

I met Mark in high school at Moberly Vo-Tech. He has always been an awesome person and I feel honored to have known him. Always a smile and positive attitude. Thanks Mark for making our lives better. You will be missed. Mike Wilhite- Huntsville

Mike Wilhite Feb 18 2021 9:28 PM

R.I.P Mark

john embree Feb 18 2021 9:25 PM

Mark was the finest individual I ever knew. From being a co-worker, to being a friend, to being just Mark. He was the best!!! Im going to miss my dear friend more Than my mere words can express! But I know Mark is in heaven at the right hand of god! And Mark is looking down at all of us with that great big Mark Swindell smile on his face!!! Until we meet again in heaven old friend! Its just good bye for a little while...

Jim Brittingham Feb 18 2021 8:52 PM

Gerald and I will always remember Mark as one of the best sportsmen to have ever competed against in the love of Tractor Pulling. Was one tough fellow to beat in the competition and if you did, no doubt you worked hard to get the job done. You will be missed by all who knew you. You have some puller friends who have gone on before you quite recently, so it will soon be time to start those engines. R.I.P Mark! Gerald and Alice Spurgeon, Columbia, Mo,

Alice Spurgeon Feb 18 2021 6:23 PM

I worked with Mark at Bratcher's several years ago....what a wonderful person he was! His smile made everyone feel welcome and his laugh was so contagous to all. Rest in peace my friend, you are greatly missed....

Christina Topper Feb 18 2021 6:12 PM