Mark D. Ort, Fenwood, rolled on peacefully to highway in the sky at the ripe old age of 70 on November 13, 2022 after a brief illness.
Mark was born October 1, 1952 to Ralph and Grace (Huven) Ort in New London, WI. He later attended schools in Monico and Three Lakes, WI. He graduated from the class of 1970 in Three Lakes.
Mark was a hardworking man who began his early years working with his father Ralph in the logging and Christmas tree industries, thus beginning a lifelong love of trucks and trees. He continued to run the family business selling Christmas trees in Marshfield for all of his years. Mark was an owner/operator leased on with Fischer's Truck Service as a long-haul driver for the last 15 years of his career. In 2015 he was recognized nationally by the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) as a Driver of the Year with over 1.3 million miles of accident free driving, and I suppose he had doubled that amount by the time he retired. He had a deep love for his semi-truck and being on the road hauling goods to Florida, where he met many great friends at Sunday flea markets while searching for the next perfect piece to add to his toy truck and tractor collection.
When Mark was not working, he thoroughly enjoyed drinking beer in his garage while shooting the breeze with buddies, family and neighbors, showcasing his toy collection, fancying up his semi trailers (“Needs more lights!”), watching old westerns, and thinking about what building project he was cooking up next.
He was head over heels for “his girls” Zahara and Tinder, and loved to take the doggos to McDonalds often for treats. He also couldn't wait each time he visited his granddoggies Sadie, Blayze and Ember to share his empty Diet Mt Dew bottle for them to play with.
Mark is survived by his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren: Danielle Pankau (Avery, Jadyn, Evan Ort), Amanda (Dan) Nordeen (Laisha and Landen) Laura (Paul) Coronado (Tiffany, Ashley, Jonathon) Leslie (Tony) Cooper (Shana, Jamie), siblings: Kirk (Betty) Ort, Bradley (Carrie) Ort, Lisa (Jack) Sondergard, many nieces and nephews, and his second wife Cheryl (Rhode) Ort.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Grace Ort, brother Craig Ort, and the love of his life Jennifer Ort.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, December 30, 2022 at the Village Hall, 3797 Beech Street in Fenwood, WI starting at 4 p.m. Mark always loved a good get together so please come prepared to eat, drink, and shoot the bull. Please bring some good memories and laughs with you. As per his ‘garage rules’ if the lights are still on the door is still open!!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Marathon County Humane Society.
Roll on 18 wheeler, Daddy ROLL ON!