OBITUARY

Mark A. Wampler

May 19, 1952February 1, 2019

Mark Alan Wampler, 66, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 while enjoying one of his regular swims. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Salem United Church of Christ in Alleman. A celebration of life service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Salem United Church of Christ with burial following at Lincoln Township Cemetery in Alleman.

Mark was born on May 19, 1952 in Centerville, IA to Robert C. and Teressa (Duden) Wampler. He graduated high school in 1970 at Wayne Community in Corydon, IA. During this time, Mark became an Eagle Scout and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. During his junior year, he served as a Page in the Iowa Legislature, and his senior year, was honored to be the control board operator in the Iowa Legislature. He was bitten by the political bug early in life and was an Electoral College voter in 1972.

Being a lifetime learner, Mark continued his education at Drake University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and went on to attend Drake Law School where he made several lifelong friends.

On July 2nd, 1989 he married Kathy L. Paulsen in Yellowstone National Park. A few years later–on Father’s Day-Mark was elated when he learned he was going to be a father.

Mark worked for the State of Iowa for 30 years as an administrative law judge and also found time to give back to his community. He served as a board member to the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America; board vice president to Consumers Energy Rural Electric Co-Op; board member to Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO); and confirmation teacher and past board member of the Salem United Church of Christ in Alleman.

Mark is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathy (Paulsen) Wampler of Slater; son, Andrew of College Station, TX; mother, Teressa Wampler; siblings, David (Jean) Wampler and Rebecca (Brian) Bland; in-laws, Robert and Dorothy Paulsen; brothers-in-law, Terry Paulsen and Gary Paulsen; and very special nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting memorials to the Boy Scouts of America-Mid-Iowa Council 177 or to Salem United Church of Christ in Alleman.

  • FAMILY

  • Mark is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathy (Paulsen) Wampler of Slater; son, Andrew of College Station, TX; mother, Teressa Wampler; siblings, David (Jean) Wampler and Rebecca (Brian) Bland; in-laws, Robert and Dorothy Paulsen; brothers-in-law, Terry Paulsen and Gary Paulsen; and very special nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Wampler
  • Brian Bland
  • Gary Paulsen
  • Terry Paulsen
  • Robert Paulsen
  • Michael Wampler
  • John Burnquist
  • Patrick Pickett

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, February 7, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mark A. Wampler

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JoAnn Hickok

February 9, 2019

Cathy,
I saw Mark's obituary a few days ago. I am terribly sorry. I know that he and Andrew were your 'world'. Please know that you and Andrew are in my thoughts and prayers.

An IWD friend,
JoAnn Hickok

Joan Jacobsen Riehl

February 7, 2019

Wampler Family,
Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this time.

Mark Schlenker

February 6, 2019

To the Family of Mark Wampler:

I was very sorry to hear the news of Mark's passing. I first met him in Scouts when we were in high school around 50 years ago. We worked together when the two Scout Councils joined to merge the Order of the Arrow Lodges. We have worked on several projects together since, many of which were in Scouting assignments for the Council. He never said no to a request. He took on some difficult jobs and never balked at doing them, taking the Scout's mandate of offering "Cheerful Service" to heart. He helped many boys in Scouting and left the world a better place.

Sherry Henson

February 6, 2019

Mark never met a stranger. I remember coming home to Des Moines at Christmas , having dinner at Ember’s where Mark would join our family. My sister, Diane, was attending Drake Law School with Mark. By the end of the evening after many shared laughs Mark had completely updated us on the politics in Iowa and the National arena! A kind , caring and gregarious man who will be greatly missed. Heaven must have needed an Eagle Scout who could make everyone smile!

JoAnn Goode

February 5, 2019

Kathy, my heartfelt sympathies to you and Andrew. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim Stults Wauters

February 5, 2019

Kathy & Andrew
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband & father . I wish I had words of wisdom to help you thru this devastating time. My beloved husband Wayne has been with God now 9yrs . The most important thing is to remember that God is with you 24/7 he listens to you no matter how you are feeling and soothes your soul . Prayers and deepest sympathy
Kim Stults Wauters
Benton class 76

Raejean Hartz

February 5, 2019

Kathy,

It's been a long time, hasn't it? I received news of your husband's passing this morning and want to express my sorrow for you and your son's loss. We never know when or how our time will come, but it's good to hear Mark was doing something he loved. God Bless you both. -Rae

Kayla Pearson

February 5, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss of Mark. Losing a loved one can leave us feeling robbed. God calls death an enemy that he will soon do away with (1Corinthians 15:26). He also promises that there will be a resurrection for those sleeping in death and you can be reunited with Mark again(Acts 24:15, John 11:11). May this hope and the God of All Comfort help you cope through this difficult time.

Doni Gould

February 5, 2019

Kathy and Andrew,

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

Doni

Jim and Teresa Davison

February 5, 2019

Hi Kathy,

We were all shocked when we received the news of Mark. We won't be able to attend the visitation or funeral as I will be in Minneapolis for three days of meetings. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Teresa and I decided to give a donation to the Boy Scouts as I know that was important to Mark and I have an affinity to that organization as well.

We are all thinking about you,

Love,

Jim and Teresa Davison

FROM THE FAMILY