Death of one of our own

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Blog entry by jockmike2 posted 12-24-2007 06:59 AM 1519 reads 0 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trying to keep you guys, that know xxxxxx xxxxxxx, in the know about his ruptured disc in his neck and ultimate surgery on the 18th. Apparently he did’nt make it. I do know he had some heart problems, and was diabetic, other than that his wife told me nothing other than he had died. I don’t feel comfortable giving out his private email address as he had given that to me some time ago. I guess about all we can do is keep him in our thoughts and prayers. I feel xxxxx was a friend of mine, he was a very spiritual person and wasn’t afraid to let anyone know that. I said a prayer with xxxxx on line before he had surgery and feel lucky to have done so. I know he will be there to pray for me when I need it. God Bless You xxxxx, we’ll miss you. Yours in Christ, Mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 07:04 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family.

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 07:05 AM

Mike, I want to thank you for bearing the burden of sharing. My heart is heavy upon reading this but thankyou for letting us know. My deepest sympathy to his wife and family. Mark had a great heart for sharing and for others. He will be greatly missed.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 07:07 AM

You bet Todd, he was always the first to give someone an ataboy. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 07:08 AM

Please pass word on to Mark’s family that we are saddened and made poorer by his passing. Thank you again for keeping us apprised of Mark’s situation, even though the outcome was not as we prayed and hoped would be the case.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 07:09 AM

You know I will Doug. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 12-24-2007 07:11 AM

Mike -

Thank you so much for keeping us up-to-date as Mark approached his surgery. This has been an incredibly kind gesture for all of us that knew Mark. This was a very difficult message to receive. Mark was truly generous with his support, advice and spirit. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. Please pass on our sympathy to his wife and family when you are in contact.



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#7 posted 12-24-2007 07:39 AM

Thank you Mike for letting us know. Mark not only welcomed my participation here when I first came aboard but has supported me and many others here. I have only known Mark here on LJ and will miss his presence. He and his family will be in our prayers.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 12-24-2007 08:06 AM

my condolences to his family and friends

God Speed

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 12-24-2007 09:05 AM

Mike thank you for letting us know about the passing of our brother Mark. I communicated with him a couple of weeks ago and we exchanged phone numbers. I was going to get in touch with him after the Holidays and we were to get together on my next visit to my son’s house in Baton Rouge. Something will surely be lacking on that next trip.

We have lost a good friend and dedicated craftsman. Go in Peace Mark, and know that you will be missed by many.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-24-2007 09:16 AM

I am very sad to hear about Mark passing away. I will miss him. My condolences to his wife, family and friends.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#11 posted 12-24-2007 09:55 AM

The passing of our dear friend Mark Oscorner has prompted me to give some thought to what would happen to the significant tool investment that I have in my shop – should my time come unexpectedly. I’m sure that many of you LumberJocks have significant investments in your tools and your (mine included) wives/husbands have no clue as to the value of the tools in our shops. A friend of mine had a cousin that passed away a few years ago. He had thousands of dollars worth of tools in his shop and upon his passing his wife had no idea what the tools were worth. One of the nice men that she went to church with offered to come by and look at the tools and made her an offer. His offer was $500 for all of them and he was such a friend that he would actually haul them away for her and clean up the empty shop space! She was thrilled to get $500 for all of those dirty old junkie tools.

This makes me realize that I don’t want this to happen to my wife. I will go through my shop and attach a value to each and every tool in my shop and either give her the list or give it to one of my sons – so that when the times comes my wife can get a fair deal on the equipment (unless one of my boys takes them, and that will be fine).

God Bless You Mark.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 12-24-2007 10:54 AM

God Bless You Mark. We will all miss you here :(
Mike, extend our condolences to his family please.

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#13 posted 12-24-2007 11:05 AM

Mark was one of the first to welcome me to LumberJocks – he made me feel very welcome and I was thrilled to learn that we shared a common faith in Christ.

Death is always a sad event, but less so when one is a believer. He’s in a far better place and must be chuckling to himself at our sadness – “If they only knew”, I can hear him saying, “they would be rejoicing at the my good fortune”. Of course, his dear wife and family will miss him, and to them I pass on my deepest condolences.

We will miss you, buddy, but some day we will talk about those woodworking projects. And I bet Jesus will be in on the conversation – he was a carpenter, so Mark will feel right at home with the big Lumberjock.

God bless.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 12-24-2007 11:35 AM

I am adding my prayer for a brother who has gone to be with the Lord.

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#15 posted 12-24-2007 12:26 PM

Sorrow is in my heart but I know Mark is where he can feel none of that pain he had here on earth. Thank you Mike for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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