Mark Eugene “Hoss” Hons, 53, West Liberty
Obituaries · October 12, 2012

Mark Eugene “Hoss” Hons, 53, of West Liberty died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at his home near West Liberty following an extended illness.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. No funeral services will be held. Online condolences may be made to the family at A memorial fund has been established. Mark will be missed by all. A very special thanks to Betty, Nancy and Diana Sprague of Mercy Services and Joan, Christy, Steve and Maurie of Iowa City Hospice.

Mark was born Jan. 29, 1959, the son of Max and Phyllis West Hons. In 1977, he was a graduate of Woodbury Central High School in Moville, Iowa. Hoss moved to West Liberty in August 1981 to work for Ken and Linda Minor who became like a second set of parents to him, and for whom he worked for 18 1/2 years. He then went to Stutsman’s Inc. in Hills from 2000-2004.

On April 13, 1985, he was united in marriage to the former Shelly Severson in West Liberty, and they had three children: Brittney, Lindsey and Max. He loved to golf, hunt and fish with friends before his health deteriorated. Mark was a jokester and like playing practical jokes.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly, of West Liberty; three children: Brittney and Lindsey of Cedar Falls and Max of West Liberty; three sisters: Diane (Chuck) Ashley and Nancy (Tim) Weaver of Moville and Jeannine Hons of Kirkland, Wash.; stepfather Verlyn Schmidt of Moville, stepsister Sherry (Randy) Beaver and step brother Rick Schmidt, both of Moville; several nieces and nephews; in-laws Robert and June Severson of West Liberty, sister-in-law: Mindy (Dean) Heick of West Liberty and brother in law Mike (Marci) Severson of Wilton; a niece and three nephews; three very special friends who were like family: Jason Wulf of Gary, Ind., Renee Wulf Miller of Iowa City, and Troy Wulf of West Liberty.

He was preceded in death by his father, Max, who died when Mark was 6 years old; mother, Phyllis Hons Schmidt; and a niece, Michelle Wood.

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