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RUTHER GLEN, Va. — Mark Ganrude, 57, of Ruther Glen died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at his home.

Mark was born July 8, 1960, in Illinois, to Verdayne and Ruth (Krueger) Ganrude. Mark graduated from La Crescent High School in 1978. He served his country in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, N.C. Mark earned his BA from Strayer University in electrical engineering. He later earned an MBA from Strayer as well. Recently, Mark had been employed by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative for over 15 years.

Mark loved fishing, especially at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. He played guitar, bass guitar, and drums. He also crafted guitars by hand, creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Mark was an excellent golfer and an active bowler in a Fredericksburg, Va., bowling league. Smart, sensible, generous, always willing to help, and a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan, Mark will be missed by many.

Mark is survived by his daughters, Brittany Ganrude of Ruther Glen, and Sarah Ganrude of Ruther Glen; and his former wife, Annette (Heimer) Jewell of Ruther Glen. He is further survived by his seven siblings, Randall (Deena) Ganrude of La Crosse, Patricia (Russ) Konrad of River Falls, Wis., Elizabeth (Robert) Finamore of Cumming, Ga., Joseph Horihan of Caledonia, Minn., James Horihan of Hokah, Minn., Jeffrey (Nicole) Horihan of La Crosse, and the Rev. Robert Horihan of Winona, Minn.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Verdayne Ganrude; his mother. Ruth Horihan; his stepfather, Charles Horihan; his grandparents; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral Mass was held October 23, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Ladysmith, Va.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caledonia, 513 S Pine St. The celebrant will be Father Robert Horihan. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life gathering in St. Mary’s Holy Family Hall immediately following the Mass. Private burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia.

Memorials of donor’s choice are preferred in lieu of flowers. McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting with arrangements and online condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.

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