Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Mark Edward Himrich was born Aug. 23, 1961, in Perham, Minn. He was the first born child of Ed and Fran Himrich. The family moved to Custer, S.D., in 1962. The very next day after arriving Mark celebrated his first birthday. From that time on, the Black Hills were his favorite place on earth. He had a passion for fishing, hunting, skiing, and all of God’s creatures.
Mark graduated from Custer High School in 1980, attended the University of South Dakota and obtained his DDS at the University of Minnesota in 1987.
Mark and Lorraine (Manahan) were married in St. Charles, Minn., in 1986. Their son Aaron was born in 1987, and their daughter Galen was born in 1990. Zach completed their family in 2002.
Mark completed RCIA classes and joined the catholic church in 2004. Following his stroke a year ago, Mark deepened his faith life and spirituality. He lived everyday like it was a gift. He revered any and all conversations as a blessing and truly appreciated the friends he made. His “network” of friendships was always growing.
Mark had a great love of life as well as for his family, friends and his patients. His infectious sense of humor will always be remembered as well as his remarkable ability for story-telling.
Mark died June 3, 2013, at Custer Regional Hospital. He was 51.
Mark was preceded in death by his brother, Matthew.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Custer; sons, Aaron Himrich of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Zach McLain of Sheridan, Wyo.; daughter, Galen Himrich of Plymouth, Minn.; parents, Ed and Fran Himrich of Custer; sister, Connie Keintz of Boca Raton, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held June 8 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Hoag officiating. Committal services will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 16 at Custer Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to benefit either St. John’s Building Fund or the education of his children.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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