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Mark Obreiter

July 14, 1952 — July 4, 2024

Mark Obreiter

Mark Obreiter, a dedicated and hard-working man, passed away on July 4, 2024, in Kalamazoo at the age of 71. Mark's life was defined by his unwavering work ethic, his ability to bring laughter and joy to those around him and his deep love for his family.

Born on July 14, 1952, in Kalamazoo, Mark graduated from Parchment High School in 1971. During his time at Parchment, he excelled in sports, particularly as a talented half-back on the football team and as a record setting track athlete. Luckily for him, they no longer offer the 180M Low Hurdles as a track event. His record will last forever and we know Mark is laughing up in Heaven.

After graduation, Mark embarked on a distinguished 29-year career at Georgia Pacific, where he held various roles and forged lifelong friendships with colleagues. To round out his career, he enjoyed getting behind the wheel of a “big-rig” prior to his retirement in 2017.

Outside of work, Mark had a passion for woodworking. He transformed ordinary wood into pieces of art and furniture. He also found joy in supporting his children, having never missed a game or event. Outside of his family, Mark had many friends who were always popping in knowing they could count on his quick wit, sense of humor, and a cold one.

Mark is preceded in death by his loving parents, Robert and Patricia Obreiter. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Shelley Obreiter. He often counted his blessings and let everyone know that his greatest accomplishment in life was finding and loving her. She truly was his best friend and they spent every moment together. They raised three wonderful children and created a home together that Mark loved until his final days. He is also survived by his children Riann Thorpe (Curtis), Casey Obreiter (Mike Sullivan), Kyle Obreiter (Simi), and his grandchildren Taylor Thorpe, Cal Thorpe, Layla Obreiter, and Lucas Obreiter. He never failed to tell his kids and grandkids how proud of them he was and celebrated every accomplishment, regardless of how small or big it was. His love ran deep for his children and they will miss him immensely.

Mark is also survived by his loving sister Carolyn Massey (John), brother Mike Comfort (Trixie), many nieces and nephews and friends who will deeply miss him.

Mark's legacy of hard work, humor, and creativity will always be remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace knowing that he touched the lives of many with his kindness and zest for life.

Following his wishes, a cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2024 at the Texas Corners Bible Church (7780 S 8th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009). We will provide a time in the coming days so please check back for additional details.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We cannot thank them enough for caring for Mark in his final days and supporting our family throughout his time there. Donations can be made directly at:

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