Mark Cipolla

July 22, 1956November 25, 2018
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Mark Steven Cipolla, 62 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed unexpectedly on Nov. 25, 2018. Born July 22, 1956 in Kansas City, MO. As a deep-rooted Kansas Citian, Mark attended St. Elizabeth’s for primary school, Southwest High School, and received his bachelor's from UMKC. He was an entrepreneur of varying businesses and community service programs, consisting of Johnson County Tree and Lawn, CSI Flooring, and Put it in a Can (you can find his adopt a highway signs throughout Kansas City).

Mark was a lifelong romantic which was evident through his three marriages, and was a loving father to five children and one grandson. Even though, his true loves were Thai food and Jujubes. He was servant of God and spent his life serving and giving to others.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Peter 4:10

He is survived by his parents, Marion and Mary Cipolla; children, Marki Walters, Jessica Cipolla, Hailey Cipolla, Devon Durbin, and Madison Durbin; grandson, Ross Walton; siblings, Peter Cipolla, Chris Cipolla, and Kim Lightfoot. Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO, Visitation at 9:30 am, Mass at 10:30 am.


  • Marion Cipolla, Father
  • Mary Cipolla, Mother
  • Marki Walters, Daughter
  • Jessica Cipolla, Daughter
  • Hailey Cipolla, Daughter
  • Devon Durbin, Son
  • Madison Durbin, Daughter
  • Ross Walton, Grandson
  • Peter Cipolla, Brother
  • Chris Cipolla, Brother
  • Kim Lightfoot, Sister


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Gino DeSico

December 12, 2018

Just a great guy that my sister Gia & I have know for 35 years and reconnected this past summer. We knew him from the old days of Red River Saloon and again we found him at Kenny's tile when we sold houses for D.R. Horton and he put in the floors for new homes. True gentlemen in every sense.

Nina Wheeler Yoakum

December 6, 2018

Mark was always such a light to our family. Not only because of his smile and laugh and being a kind person. Mark hired my brother Gordon who was having mental health problems to help with his tree trimming and land scapping business at a time when many employers would not have done that. I had to call Mark a few years ago with a question about lawn service (I didn’t know he was no longer in the business) and he quickly referred me on to some other Ideas that might work. Mark was always serving others as the others have said. Thank you Mark for being kind to us. I am sorry you left us all so soon but enjoy heaven.

Dede Rodarte-Kingston

December 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss and that I can't be there with you today. Please know that mom and I are there in spirit, grieving with you. Hugs to all. Please give Aunt Mary and Uncle Tootsie a special hug from me.

Much love to all,
Dede Rodarte-Kingston

Tony and Neva Mistretta

December 4, 2018

Dearest Mary and Marion, our thoughts and prayers are with you as we share your sadness at the loss of your beloved son. We know the pain and can tell you that it lessens but never leaves. Remember the love and goodness that was your son. Friends, family and faith got us through and so it will for you. We regret that we cannot be there, but know that we are there in spirit. Lovingly your old friends, Neva and Tony Mistretta

Jerry Mincher

December 3, 2018

The Cipollas and the Walkers were like family to us. I’m so sorry for Mark and his family. I truly love Mr and Mrs Cipolla and my heart goes out to you. Like my folks you raised your kids right. I’m sure he will save us all a good spot in heaven

David Pratt

December 2, 2018

I didn’t know mark very well he was in my sisters class. He and my sister were great friends. However I knew his father when my brother and I worked at broadmour mkt. Mr Coppola was such a nice man. Even when some of the days would get hectic Mr Coppola always kept calm and cool. God bless you Mark and All the the Cipolla Family

Patrick and Mary Kim Henehan

December 2, 2018

Mark and I went to St. Elizabeth's from start to finish. Just that guy that no matter what was going on in his life, he always wanted to know about mine and my family.
Losing's been tough. But we know where he is and what he's doing.
See you again Mark....whenever buddy.

May perpetual light shine upon you.

God blessing and peace to the entire Cipolla family.

Patrick and Mary Kim Henehan

Mark Irvin

November 30, 2018

Mark or Marko- as I called him, was like my brother from another mother! I knew him over 17 years. Marko’s hardwood company did my construction company’s hardwood flooring projects. His crew’s were always good, courteous, and satisfying. Marko, would have it no other way.

Five years ago he became a founding board member for the nonprofit organization, Social Impact Technology & Engineering (SITE). He loved serving on the organization’s board and he worked on it like it was his “bread-and-butter” job. His main concerns were “what about the kids from the hood, are we going to help them get better STEM-field jobs and how will we feed them if their hungry?” Marko, was a true disciple!

He and I could clown in any situation too. We’d go into C-suite office leadership offices and I’d introduce him as white-Mark and he’d say “and I call him, black-Mark.” Lol! We’d love to see the responses from our introductions. That was our icebreaker and we got a lot done for SITE and Kansas City’s, urban youth.

As SITE Founder, and on behalf of the SITE organization, we extend our deepest condolences to the family. And may God continue to keep you strong and blessed, even more in this time of the passing of your loved one.

Marko, thank you brother! You will be sorely missed by the world. Rest in heaven, brother!

Teresa Wright

November 29, 2018

I went to St. Elizabeth as well
as Southwest with Mark. I had re-connected with Mark on Facebook but hadn’t seen him in sometime.

Two years ago my Dad passed away after an unexpected illness. Mark showed up at my Dad’s funeral. I was so touched. This was the kind hearted person he was.

My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family.

Barry Brice

November 29, 2018

I've known Mark since 2nd grade a St. E. We have crossed paths many times thru the years since. Mark was such a kind sole and a friend to everybody he met ! Mark will be missed by all that him. RIP buddy we'll see ya on the other side !