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In Memory of Mark Tobias

Mark Ronald Tobias age 52 of Hudson, WI, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Hudson, WI. Mark was born on January 13, 1967 in Eau Claire to Parents Ronald and Judith Tobias. He attended High school in Eau Claire and enlisted in the United States Army during high school. After his service in the military, he worked as a Quality Control Specialist and Vice President at Productivity Quality Inc., In Plymouth, MN for 18 years, and was a loving father and husband, who always strove to place his family, above all others. Mark married Kathleen Marie Cooke in 1996 and welcomed their children and eventual grandchildren into their family with enthusiasm and loving arms. He was an ace fisherman and outdoorsman, who had a passion and drive to take others under his tutelage. As long as someone had the willingness to learn, Mark would mentor them until they themselves had become experts. Mark was an accomplished cook in addition to his many talents. He would often lead and co-lead many cookouts, barbecues, fish fry’s and family gatherings. Mark’s determination led him to become a master of many trades and hobbies.

He will remain in the hearts of his wife Kathy; sons, Aaron (Holly), Craig (Debby), and Mitchell; grandchildren, Britney, Cody, Alexiss, Xander, Ashlynn, Rayce and Jonah; brother Craig (Kristin); parents, Ron and Judy; sister-in-laws, Karen, Kandice, Maureen; brothers-in-law, Melvin (Bridget) and Todd; parents-in-law, Sharon Cooke and LeRoy Cooke; nieces and nephews, Hanna, Ellie, Kayla, Konner, Ashley, Brittney, Alaina, Nicholas, Kirt, Lillian, Sydney, Haley, Christopher, Caroline, Derek and Sarah.

He is preceded in death by his brother, F. Kent Tobias and his grandparents.

There will be a private family service in honor of Mark and his life.

Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.



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    • I served in the Army with Mark at Ft. Bliss, TX. He was the Commander’s driver at the 43rd Engineer Company. And as a brand new engineer soldier, I got assigned to drive the XO. Mark generously took me under his wing, showed me how to do my job and offered his friendship. As squad mates and room mates, close in age, stature and temperament we were practically inseparable and probably indistinguishable. He had a deep, easy laugh and ready smile. He was trusting and trustworthy. It was an honor to know him and serve with him. We had our ups and downs, but I’ll always remember him as among the best I’ve known.

    • I only had the pleasure of knowing Mark from the gym we both attended normally very early each morning. We talked about going fishing together, discussed our weekend plans with family and friends.
      I could tell by our conversations how much Mark cared about people and his family and friends.
      I had high hopes I would have the chance to be one of those friends.
      R. I. P. Mark Now I guess you need to show me where the fish are in a different manner.
      God bless your family during this difficult time.

    • To Cathy and family:

      I was so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I feel very blessed to have known him through Productivity Inc and Productivity Quality Inc. I pray that God will wrap His arms around you and keep you all in His care. I hope you find peace knowing Mark will always be in your hearts and minds, and will always be watching over you. God has gained another Angel!

      Gods peace to you.

      Kind Regards
      Hope Riska

    • I had the privilege to spend quality time with Mark over the past few years, including just 2 weeks ago. Like any other breathing person I learned a lot about fishing and cooking from him- but more importantly I saw a model in action of true integrity and caring for other people. I am so blessed to have been gifted with that.

      Cathy, Uncle Ron, Steve, Nick and family I am so sorry for your loss, and grateful to have shared time with Mark.


    • Mark was a good neighbor who shared our love of dogs and always greeted us and let the dogs play together. We shared some good times with Mark and Cathy. As we were one year apart knew we’d probably met during our teen years at venues in the Menomonie/eau Claire area. We also shared an appreciation of Rainy Lake. He had so much energy and never slowed down it seemed. Good man gone far too soon. Be in peace.

    • To my cousin Mark
      More than a cousin, a great friend and best fisherman I ever met. You will be greatly missed! I will miss fishing with you/ merrcioisly picking on each other , especially if someone is drinking white claws. The boys will definitely miss your fishing expertise but you taught them well. See u on the other side

    • To Mark’s Family,
      I am so sorry that you have to go through this unexpected tragedy in your lives. I pray that God gives you the strength, comfort and peace needed during this most difficult time.

      I am a former junior high school and high school friend of Mark’s. He was always a great friend who loved having a fun time but also had a big heart and was always willing to lend an ear and help.

      Ron and Judy, I am lifting you both up in prayer. I was friends with Kent after graduating high school as well. My heart goes out to you…

      God bless you all.

    • Sorry for you loss Tobias family and friends.
      Mark was a joy to be around. He will be missed by all of us in the St.Croix Valley Walleye league. I’m glad I got to talk to him a few weeks ago. Hopefully we will fish together in another life.

    • My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Mark was a great guy to see on Tuesday evenings for the scvwl fishing league.

    • My deepest condolences go out to the Tobias family and all of Marks friends. Not only was mark a friend but someone I worked with as well. I will miss him greatly as he was a good person.