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Mark A. Kniseley

July 4, 1957March 25, 2021
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Mark Albert KNISELEY, age 63, of Frisco, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Mark was born July 4, 1957 in Ames, Iowa to his loving parents Richard and Martha Kniseley. Mark was a graduate from Ames High School, Iowa State University - Ivy College of Business, where he was a member of the Honors Program and a Top General Business Graduate.

After graduation, Mark joined the US Army where he faithfully served his country as a Ranger in 1/75th Battalion. Once home, Mark went on to serve his Savannah, GA community, from 1978 to 1982, as a Police Officer. Mark then attended Iowa State University. After graduation he began his career with PepsiCo where he stayed for 33 years. He was known for his extreme passion to do what was best for the company. After many leadership roles, Mark, finished his career as a Senior Director... he was planning on retiring at the end of 2021.

Mark lived his life to the fullest. He believed in putting effort, and trying to be his best, into everything he set out to do. He was able to bring a smile, and a chuckle, to those around him with his sophisticated humor. Life taught Mark that if you work hard enough no one can beat you, regardless of talent. Mark loved the old TV shows movies. Some of his favorites were the Andy Griffith Show, Leave it to Beaver, Gun Smoke, The Twilight Zone, Indiana Jones and the Terminator. When listening to music it was the Beatles. But, it was his pets brought him the most joy. Mark leaves a legacy as a selfless man who took responsibility for himself and his family.

Preceded in death by parents Richard and Martha Kniseley. Mark is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 22 years, Monica; his dear sons Matthew Kniseley and Michael Kniseley; brother Richard Kniseley; and nephew James Kniseley; his precious fur-babies: Maggie, Marlee, Maya and Mia; and many dear friends.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Stonebriar Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 10375 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75033.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stonebriarfh.com for the Kniseley family.

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  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Sarah Matchen

April 9, 2021

My sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the Kniseley family. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Mark was an incredible mentor to me during the six years I was on his team at Pepsi. He was a true leader who challenged and motivated you to always do your best work and give it your all. Mark always made me feel valued and capable, and I will be eternally grateful to have known him.

Mark will be greatly missed. His legacy and memory will live on in the hearts of many.

Lisa Abel-Owen

April 8, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about your family's loss. Mark was one of the first people that I met when I started working at PepsiCo. Mark was always friendly, intelligent, and ethical peer. His spirit as both a leader and friend will remain with us.

I will always recall Mark's response to learning I was pregnant this year. He spoke of how life changing his children were for him when they were born and how he would do anything for his own children; his words spoke volumes for how much he loved his family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Mark will be deeply missed.

Tina Cline

April 8, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Mark for several years. He was a wonderful man. He was a great leader and mentor. Mark was a man of integrity. He loved his family greatly.

Debra Pickens

April 8, 2021

Mark was truly a remarkable person and will be sorely missed for his kindness, care, and the guidance he provided throughout the years as my colleague at PepsiCo.

With heartfelt fondness and memory of his life and the legacy he has left with all of us.

May God provide comfort at this time to his wife and sons.

Daniel Lemire

April 8, 2021

My sincere and deep love for the family of my colleague, friend, and mentor.

I had the blessing of working with Mark in various ways over the last few years. I'm especially grateful that Mark on several occasions took the extra time to work with me and mentor me on many things.

He was exceedingly patient, sincere, and quite genuine in how he approached both our personal conversation and professional collaboration. For me, I've never met anyone with the level of commitment and forthright integrity. I am blessed to have known and worked with him.

Suzanne Hooks

April 8, 2021

I have had the privilege of working with Mark at PepsiCo for the past 4 years. He was such a genuine, nice man, always ready with a smile. I admired his upbeat personality, honesty, and work ethic. He will be missed by many.

Words can’t adequately express how my heart aches for your family at Mark’s sudden passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Deborah Toney

April 8, 2021

To the Kniseley family,

I send my deepest sympathies for the loss of your father and husband. Mark was such a great colleague, mentor and friend. I feel very blessed to have worked with him over the last 10+ years. He would often stop by my office at the end of the day to catch up on business issues, but the conversation always turned to what was going on in his world outside the office. He bragged about all of you all the time, and it was wonderful to listen to all of his stories. He loved you very much. I am heartbroken that we have lost such a magnificent person. I hope that warm memories of all of the special times you had together will bring you some comfort during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Edward JENNINGS

April 8, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Kniseley family. We love you so much.
Mark, you were a heroe growing a beautiful family. Rest in peace we keeping you in our memories.
Sicerely.

Ed Jennings and family.

Nate Earnest

April 8, 2021

My deepest condolences to Mark's family. I consider Mark a friend before a colleague as he was also so incredibly generous in helping me and my family as I joined the PepsiCo organization.

I will miss interacting with Marc and his approach of constant problem solving in the spirit of always putting PepsiCo first.

We will keep the Kniseley family in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Nate Earnest

Neetu Rainwater

April 8, 2021

I worked with Mark for 5+ years and the one word that best describes him to me is DEDICATED. He never did anything half way, he always gave 100% to everything he did. Mark was dedicated to his work always working to delivery the very best he could. Mark was fiercely dedicated to his family. He always spoke with such love, care and adoration for his wife and his two boys who were without a doubt who he lived for. Mark was one of the good ones and it breaks my heart that he is no longer with us. All my love and prayers for comfort go out to Mark's family during this time.

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