August 19, 1961 – September 18, 2018
Mark Eric Gebauer, 57, passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side at the hospital Tuesday, September 18, 2018. He is the beloved husband of Catherine Spitzer Gebauer and treasured father of Louise Morgan Gebauer of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. He was a loving father to Samantha Gebauer and Alexander Gebauer who reside out of state, and a loving brother to Beverly Thompson and Wendy Grande, both of Dalton, MA.
Mark was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on August 19, 1961. Son of the late Raymond and Mary Gebauer, Mark attended Drury High School in North Adams class of 1979. He graduated from the University of Maine cum laude in 1983 as a political science major and earned his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1986. Mark was admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, and West Virginia. Mark started his career at Kirkland & Ellis in Denver, Colorado, then moved to Richmond, Virginia to work at McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe. In 1996 Mark joined the law firm of Eckert Seamans in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and distinguished himself as an experienced trial lawyer helping manufacturers and sellers of a variety of products in courts throughout the country. He was passionate about learning the engineering, machine design, biomechanics, equipment operation, and accident reconstruction with each new case.
Mark was recognized as an elected member of the American Law Institute from 2001 to the present, member of the Defense Research Institute, Certified Mediator of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA, held the AV Preeminent rating, the highest of the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, and was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
Mark was proud to serve his country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps 101st Airborne Division from 1992 until 1998 and was honorably discharged. He was active in many community affairs and was a lay reader at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church.
Mark’s world revolved around spending time with his wife and daughter hiking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, archery, exploring the wonders of Alaska, Canada, many tropical islands, and even Australia. He enjoyed writing poetry, camping with friends, planting trees, riding his motorcycle, baking apple pies, tying his own flies, and fishing for the elusive trout in the Yellow Breeches Creek near his home. Mark took great pride in being Catherine’s husband, Louise’s father, and rejoiced in their many accomplishments- artistic, culinary and academic. Mark was a loyal and trusted friend, with a quiet, kind, and generous spirit. He believed in the power of freedom, truth, and justice.
Friends are invited to a memorial service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg on Wednesday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be private with the family. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the PA Wounded Warriors, Inc.
Please make online condolences at www.neillcamphill.com.
September 24, 2018
I have known and worked with Mark for 16 years. He was a great attorney and friend, but much more importantly - a great person! My thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his family. Mark, you will be missed.
September 24, 2018
As a paralegal for John Deere, I have worked via email and the phone for many years with Mark. Mark was just here for Deere's outside counsel meeting and I had the opportunity to spend time with him face to face. He was just as personable in person as he was on the phone. He was a great attorney for me to work with, and had a great outlook on life. I will definitely miss him. I am so very sorry for your loss.