The Ottumwa Courier

January 22, 2013

Mark Haupert, 84, What Cheer


WHAT CHEER — Mark Haupert, 84, of What Cheer, died Jan. 19, 2013, at the Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

Mark Joseph Haupert was born in Harper on Sept. 14, 1928, the son of Frank and Thresa Highberger Haupert. On Feb. 27, 1954, he was united in marriage to Roberta Irene Kitzman. The couple bought a farm in 1955 where they raised seven children.   

He attended Catholic school in Harper and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. Mark served two years during the Korean War. Mark, like most farmers, worked from sunrise to sunset. He valued honesty, integrity, honor and most of all faith. Mark made certain he and his family attended Mass each Sunday. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, playing pool and the day-to-day operation of his farm.

Mark is survived by three sons, Tony (Kay) Haupert of Cape Fair, Mo., Robert (Stephanie) Haupert of What Cheer and Henry (Kristi) Haupert of Collins; four daughters, Susan Haupert of Cedar Rapids, Carol Haupert of Ottumwa, Diane (Greg) Walston of Vinton and Janet (Kevin) Willard of Waterloo; a sister, Marcella Reed of Washington; a brother-in-law, Charles (Neisha) Kitzman of Marion; a sister-in-law, Marlene (Karl) Sibert of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren, Amanda Walston, Sara Walston, Matthew Walston, Christopher Haupert, Aaron Haupert, Abbie Haupert, Callie Haupert and Marcus Haupert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Roberta; a sister, Irene Haupert; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Reed.

Mass of a Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Sigourney. Burial will be in Sixteen Cemetery at Thornburg.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer. A rosary will be recited at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church–Lords Pantry, the Iowa Veteran Home or to the family.

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