Mark Lynn Regier, 60, passed away March 31, 2016 in the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Wing of Via Christi Hospital with loved ones by his side.
Mark was born on May 2, 1955 in Henderson, NE to the late Harry and Dorene Regier. He was the oldest of three and had two brothers, Paul and Gary. The family moved to Deer Creek, OK when Mark was in first grade. Growing up on the farm, Mark learned a strong work ethic and loved playing basketball. After high school Mark moved to Kansas where he met his beloved wife, Patricia while working at Hesston Corporation. They were married April 5th 1975 in Montezuma, KS and begin their life farming together in Oklahoma. Mark and Patti made many friends and had three children: Nick, Kevin, and Jennifer. They farmed until 1986 when Mark started a long battle with health issues that caused a career change. Mark’s family transitioned to Newton, KS in 1991 as he began a new job with Koch Industries. Mark would have celebrated his 25th anniversary with Koch on April 1, 2016.
Mark enjoyed hunting pheasant, quail, ducks, and geese. He taught many people how to hunt and he was passionate about his dogs. Mark enjoyed his job and the camaraderie he found with the friends he worked with. More than anything else, Mark loved his family. Mark celebrated the graduation of all three of his children from college and watched their lives and families grow. He loved visiting his kids, and especially his grand kids, wherever life took them. In 2012, Mark was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and he fought to beat it into remission. His life was changed shortly after as he began to follow Jesus in a new and deeper way. Mark and Patti jumped in with the launch of The Gathering Community Church two years ago, and life has never been the same.
Mark is survived by his wife, three children, and five grandchildren: Nick Regier and his wife Shannon of Lakeville, MN and their children Harrison (12), Hope (11), and Hayden (6); Kevin Regier and his wife Diana of Granby, CO and their children Gibson (4) and Karis (2); and Jennifer Regier of Manhattan, KS.
On Tuesday April 5th at 10am The Gathering will host a celebration service of Mark’s like at the Fox Theater at 518 N Main in Newton, KS. Following the service, interment will be in Montezuma, KS at Morningside cemetery at 3:30pm.
The family has chosen two ministries that Mark loved and ask that donations be made in lieu of flowers to The Gathering Community Church or Victory in the Valley. Please make checks payable to either one and send to: c/o Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N Main St. Newton, KS 67114.
Tributes may be left at www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com