February 14, 1956 – August 30, 2020
Mark Deluhery, 64, of Springfield IL, previously of Peoria IL, died on August 30, 2020, at Evelyn’s House Hospice in Creve Coeur MO. Cause of death was Leukemia.
Mark was born in Peoria on February 14, 1956, to William and Diane (Williams) Deluhery. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Grade School and graduated in 1974 from Bergan High School, Peoria, where he was on the boys swim team. Mark was active in Boy Scouts as a youth and continued as a Troop Leader, in Springfield, as an adult. He enjoyed mentoring these young men and teaching them responsibility, especially knife safety.
He attended Illinois State University. After college, Mark went to work for the State of Illinois in Network Support Services until his retirement in 2011. Mark chose a new spiritual path and converted to Judaism in 2011, joining the congregation of Temple Israel. Mark was active in many aspects in the life of Temple Israel serving on both the Temple Israel Board and the Chevra Kadisha committee.
Mark was very committed to the practice and study of his faith with ongoing Torah and Chant lessons. His desire to support his community inspired Mark’s love of cooking. He helped prepare the weekly brunch the Temple held on Saturdays after services and cooked the Chaverim lunch for seniors. He took pride in developing new, delicious and dainty treats for the annual Springfield Jewish Federation High Tea fundraiser and would practice new recipes all year long in preparation for the event. He was especially known for his eclairs that he had perfected from a recipe that his mother made as a special treat.
Mark was very committed to safety and supporting others who were vulnerable. He volunteered with Preventing Abusive Relationships: Partner Abuse Intervention Services for Men and Women as part of the IL DHS services. He attended FBI Citizens Academy sessions and Stop the Bleed training. He spent many weekends practicing marksmanship with his friend, Marc.
Mark was a good friend who was always quick with a helping hand. He was a tremendous support to friends, particularly those who had lost loved ones over the last several years. His friends Jack and Herb were his lifelong wingmen.
Mark is survived by his children Jennifer Deluhery of Champaign and Patrick Deluhery of Springfield; His sister Pamela Deluhery of Clinton, IA; his brothers Craig (Gail) Deluhery of Lugoff, SC and Douglas (Donna) Deluhery of Springfield; his nieces and nephews Amy, Kathryn, Michael, Melissa, Daniel, Bethany, William, Steven, and Leah; and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Paul Deluhery of Peoria.
Services will be private due to Covid-19 restrictions. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Temple Israel,1140 W. Governor St., Springfield IL 62704.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
September 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a wonderful and kind man. I will always treasure the Chickering baby grand piano he gave me. He wanted it to have a good home and he was so generous in allowing me to have it. May he Rest In Peace and my prayers are with his family.
September 10, 2020
We are so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. We enjoyed his presence and all the insightful wisdom he shared with us. Your friends, Toni and Les Colclasure
September 9, 2020
I didn't directly work with Mark but ran into him often at Revenue. He was like a big teddy bear. He had a nice smile, kind eyes, and you could tell a great heart and soul. You will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.
September 8, 2020
Mark was my supervisor when I transferred to Computer Operations and he helped me in so many ways, he was always patient and kind, always willing to listen and guide me on how to approach a challenge I faced. I could never measure up to the example he set for me but he did contribute to the employee and parent I have become. I am thankful to have had the time I did with him.
September 8, 2020
I have known few people who could match Mark for energy and desire to make this a better world. Cook, security chief, communications and computer expert, he wore many hats and had an enormous intellectual curiosity. I have fond memories arguing with him in the parking lot on Governor Street long after the end of Saturday morning services. His loss leaves a large hole in many of our lives.
September 7, 2020
My condolences to the Deluhery family. I knew Mark when I lived in Springfield, where we were fellow congregation members. Mark was a nice guy, and I say that with the highest praise. He always had a smile and was willing to help. He had a big heart. Mark was a wonderful volunteer on behalf of Temple Israel. He will be missed!
September 6, 2020
Mark’s sudden death has devastated me. My heart and my condolences go out to the family Patrick and Jennifer. If there is anything the Pottiers can do for you please let us know.
September 5, 2020
Mark was a mentor to me at Revenue. He taught me everything in needed to excell at my job. He also more than a boss and co worker. He had a large heart and genuinely cared about people. He had a picture hanging in his cube titled a new pair of shoes it always made me smile.
Howard (Kevin) Schraeder
September 5, 2020
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Mark Craig and I were all part of some memorable times on the Bergan swim team. He was a leader in high school too. You could count on him to deliver his best performances when a meet with a rival swim team was on the line. Mark was a gracious guy and Spfld is losing a good one. My Condolences to all who knew him.
September 3, 2020
Mark was the loving father of our children, Jennifer and Patrick. I will always be thankful for having him in my life. Jennifer and Patrick are a blessing no one else could give me. They are a living testament of his love and life. He was a good man and father.
September 3, 2020
Our sympathies to his family. Jennifer has been a sweet friend of our daughter's for many years. She is someone special. I did not know Mark well, but if Jennifer is anything at all like him, he was a very special man.
September 1, 2020
my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I worked with Mark at the State of Illinois. Always had a smile on his face. We had a lot of fun over the years talking and joking around.