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Mark Henry Heller

Died: Mon., Dec. 2, 2013

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STEVENSVILLE – Mark Henry Heller passed away at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Dec. 2, 2013. He was 60 years old.

Mark was born in 1953 in Arkansaw, Wis. to Edwin and Catherine Heller. He was the third of five children. He grew up in Wisconsin, but his outdoor dreams came true when the family decided to relocate to Hamilton in 1967. He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1971. Shortly after, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He promoted quickly as a Search and Rescue Ship Swimmer. He welcomed his first child Brandon Mark in 1973.

After his honorary discharge, Mark worked in the oil fields of eastern Montana before settling in western Montana. He attended and worked at U.M. where he met the love of his life, Amy True. They married in 1985 and together fulfilled their dream of owning property in the Bitterroot where they could raise their children on home grown food such as beef, chicken, eggs, fruit and vegetables. They settled in the Burnt Fork and were blessed with two beautiful red-headed girls, Sara Jeanne and Rebecca Marie. Mark became ill and could not work, so they made the decision that he would stay home and raise the girls.

In 1995 they moved to the family ranch and began raising cattle as well as pigs, chickens and ducks. Mark taught the girls many life skills and never questioned his purpose in life. Mark enjoyed the ocean, the mountains, gardening, wood-working, camping, hiking, hunting and fishing but the two things he loved the most in life was God and his family. He had a strong faith in the Lord and always felt that everything was in God’s hands. Mark loved to fix things and saved everything just in case he could use it for something later. He loved to cook and always had supper waiting when Amy got home from work. He made the best chicken noodle soup and taco shells and even though he tried to show others the secrets to their goodness, the food was never the same as when he made it.

Mark is preceded in death by his mother Catherine (Manor) Heller; his father-in-law Harlan True; his brother Steve Heller; his two sisters Nancy (Heller) Clack, and Debbie Heller, and a nephew Ryan Heller.

He is survived by his loving wife Amy (True) Heller; his father Ed Heller of Hamilton; his mother-in-law Jeanne True of St. John; his brother Mike (Mary Rose) Heller of East Helena, his son Brandon (Stefanie) Petersen of Austin, Texas; his daughters Sara (Kyle) Krueger of Missoula, and Rebecca Heller of Stevensville. He was blessed with three grandchildren, Isabelle and Natalie Petersen, and Brody Krueger. Mark also had a loving extended family. He is survived by his mother-in-law Jeanne True of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; brother-in-law Tim True of Olympia, Wash.; sister-in-law Vicki True Hill (Peter) of Wakefield, Mass. He loved his six nieces and nephews and his five great-nieces and nephews like they were his own children and grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with full military honors. A reception will follow at the St. Mary’s Family Center.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to Locks of Love at 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405. A blood donation to the American Red Cross is also greatly appreciated.

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Lana Carter
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
I was very saddened to hear of your loss Amy. Please accept my condolences and a great big hug until I can do it in person.

Lana, your neighbor.

Sue Polich
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
Dear Amy and family: I am so sorry to hear about your tremendous loss. I am truly heart broken for you all and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength to get through each day. I hope you feel surrounded and filled with love and care from all those who know you and Mark. Sincerest sympathy, Sue Polich

Howard Skaggs
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
Amy and family: I was deeply saddened to hear of Mark's passing. My heart hurts for you, and I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you as you move forward. With sympathy, Howard Skaggs

Mary Kukowski
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
You are all in my thoughts and in my heart as you navigate this difficult time. Mark most certainly left a beautiful and loving legacy in his family. Cherish the memories and know people are thinking of you.

Pam Hartley
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
Amy and family, What a beautiful well written tribute to Mark, he will continue to live in all of you. Cherish the memories, we're all thinking of you and sending each of you hugs.
Love, Pam an Ernie, Aunt Shirley, and Aunt Vi

Tom and Barb Seekins
   Posted Thu December 12, 2013
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Tom and Barb Seekins

Kathy Lockridge
   Posted Fri December 13, 2013
Amy I have been thinking of you and your family and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Mark's obituary tells about a man who led a very full and rewarding life, and that is cause for celebration. Peace!

Darlene & Phil Burgess
   Posted Mon December 16, 2013
Amy & Family,

Phil and I were saddened to hear of Mark's passing. He was such a good man... Loved and valued by his friends. You wrote a lovely obituary and tribute to him. You and your family are loved and in our prayers.

Very Sincerely,

Darlene & Phil

Anita Richard
   Posted Tue December 17, 2013
Oh, Amy, I am so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I remember when you two met and what a great guy he was and how happy you were with him. It is unbelievable that he is gone from you so young. I know he lives on in your heart and your beautiful daughters.

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