Harold L. Marks Jr., 91, North Manchester, passed away on April 7, 2022 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The son of Harold L. and Louise E. (Hoham) Marks, Harold was born on August 4, 1930 in Plymouth, Indiana.
Harold attended school at Thomas Marshall Elementary School, Central Junior High School and graduated from Central High School in 1948. He participated in baseball, basketball, track and the high school swing band called “The Starduster”. On August 19, 1951, Harold married the love of his life, Elizabeth M. Allen. The two would enjoy 67 years of marriage before Elizabeth’s passing on March 18, 2018.
Harold graduated from Purdue University School of Pharmacy in 1953. From 1953 to 1955, he served in the United States Army Medical Corp in the 25th infantry division, nicknamed “Tropic Lightning”, in Korea. The division was deployed to South Korea where it fought in the defense of and the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter. Before the end of his service, he had reached the rank of first lieutenant.
Upon returning to North Manchester in 1955, Harold joined his father as a pharmacist in the family business at Marks Drug Store. The drug store was founded in 1925 by his grandfather J.B. Marks. Harold and Elizabeth would also welcome five children; James, David, Lizabeth, Lydia and Nancy. Harold retired from full-time work in 1995 and sold Marks Drug Store to Hook’s Pharmacy. He continued to work part-time for Hook’s, Revco and CVS at their North Manchester and Warsaw locations until 1998.
Harold was an active member of many social clubs that spent their time giving back to the community. He was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmacy fraternity, Purdue ROTC, Deming Lodge # 88 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, American Legion Post # 286, Purdue Alumni Association. He was a former member of Optimist Club, Izaac Walton League, Indiana Pharmacist Association and Rotary International. Harold enjoyed fishing, gardening, and antiques. He was also a big fan of Purdue sports and found great joy in being silly and telling jokes. Harold was a member of United Methodist Church in North Manchester.
The loving memory of Harold Marks Jr. will be forever cherished by his sons, James Allen (Diane) Marks, Goshen, and David Bradley (Tina) Marks, Wabash; daughters, Lizabeth Lee (Dennis) Marks-Shepard, Brookston, and Lydia Jane (Jack Welch) Ball, Selma; grandchildren, Elizabeth Ashley (Todd) Goodner, Stephanie Allyn (Riley) Stone, Joel Wesley (Marlene) Marks, Scott Allen (Laurie) Marks, Andrew David Marks, Patrick Austin (Victoria Son) Thompson, Bethany Jeanne Thompson, and Rachel Elizabeth (Bryan) Mose; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Lynn Goodner, Colin Gregory Goodner, Reid Alexander Marks, Owen Joel Marks, Liam Isaac Marks, Emily Rose Marks, Nola Fairhurst Thompson, Amelie Ping Son Thompson, and Cole Bryan Mose. Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Harold L. and Louise E. (Hoham) Marks, one sister, Jean Ann Bail, and one daughter, Nancy Ann Marks.
Family and friends may call Thursday, April 14, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will be at the conclusion calling at 2:00 p.m. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Harold Marks Jr., memorials may be made to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, P.O. Box 5, Huntertown, Indiana 46748
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Honor Flight Northeast Indiana
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