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In Memory of Mark Couch


5pm to 7pm Monday, October 1st at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin

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Mark Couch, age 60 of Hudson, died suddenly September 24th in Hudson, WI. Mark was born on December 7, 1957, the son of Stanley and Joyce (Anderson) Couch. He graduated from St. Croix Central High School and then attended vocational school to become a park ranger ; he worked at State parks in Grantsburg (Crex Meadows), Treampleau, and lastly Willow River in Hudson. He was not only a park ranger but also their maintenance man, repairing everything from mowers to toilets to  the buildings. He then made a career change and went to work for the Minnesota Children’s Museum where he was Manager of the Exhibit Production Shop.

Mark had an innate skill for being a handyman; he frequently ventured into plumbing, electrical and mechanical projects. His fascination with nature also allowed him to take up gardening and planting outside and at his greenhouse. In his spare time, Mark collected an assortment of fragile, elegant glassware; he had a vast collection of plates, old cookie jars and other glass antiques.

Mark will remain in the hearts if his mother, Joyce Couch of Hammond; sister, Deb (Roger) Veenendall of Baldwin; niece, Lindsay Veenendall and nephew, Logan Veenendall; as well as other extended family and numerous, close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Couch.

A Celebration of Life for Mark Couch will be from 5pm to 7pm Monday, October 1st at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. Interment will be private. Memorials are preferred.

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    • I can’t believe Mark is gone. Mark was a dear friend to my wife and me. I worked closely with Mark for over two decades. He was also one of the kindest, smartest and highly dedicated Park Rangers I ever worked with. I could always count on Mark to be persistent and creative. Whether it was an issue relating to enforcement, public safety, park and dam operations or the interpretive program, his contributions would nearly always prove to exceed the requirements of his job description.

      He enjoyed playing practical jokes and inherited his dad’s barbed wit. I am going to miss him.