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July 8, 1960 - October 17, 2017

Mark Ganrude, 57, of Ruther Glen, VA died Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home. Mark was born on July 8, 1960 in Illinois to Verdayne and Ruth (Krueger) Ganrude. Mark graduated from LaCrescent High School in 1978. He served his country in the Army with the 82nd Airbourne Division Fort Bragg, NC. 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, VA and Sarah Ganrude of Ruther Glen, VA and his former wife, Annette (Heimer) Jewell of Ruther Glen, VA. He is further survived by his seven siblings, Randall (Deena) Ganrude of LaCrosse, WI, Patricia (Russ) Konrad of River Falls, WI, Elizabeth (Robert) Finamore of Cumming, GA, Joseph Horihan of Caledonia, MN, James Horihan of Hokah, MN, Jeffrey (Nicole) Horihan of LaCrosse, WI and the Rev. Robert Horihan of Winona, MN.  

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 on October 23, 2017 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Ladysmith, VA. 

A memorial Mass will be held on November 18th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caledonia, MN at 513 S Pine St, Caledonia, MN.  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 your choice are preferred in lieu of flowers.  McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting with arrangements.

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