WARE- Mark H. Striplin, 54, of Old Belchertown Rd. in Ware passed away early on Sunday morning, June 30, 2019 surrounded by his family at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Mark or “Cowboy” as family and friends knew him as was born in Concord, CA. on July 31, 1964, a son of the late Charles and Beverly (Jones) Striplin. He was raised and educated in California, attending local schools and graduating from Benica High School. Mark entered the US Army on January 31, 1984, serving with 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged on January 29, 1988 and returned home. Mark furthered his education, and received a degree from Los Medanos College in Antioch, CA. He began a long career as a Mechanical Engineer and Designer in the Baking Industry, designing and building commercial grade ovens and large baking and processing systems for several national bakeries. He retired from Baker Parts in New Bedford after many years in the industry. Mark was married in 1988 to Lori Holt and they lived in California for many years before returning to Massachusetts in 2002, finally settling in Ware. Mark loved the outdoors and every waking hour found him camping, fishing and enjoying life with family and friends, they spent many happy days at Mohawk Beach Estates in Heath, MA. He leaves his beloved wife of 31 years; Lori (Holt) Striplin of Ware. His brother; David C. Striplin of Libby, MT and brother in law; Brian Holt and his fiancée, Rebecca Lesure of Springfield. His niece and nephews; Brianna Holt, Randy, Justin and David Striplin and many great nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather and remember Mark on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Ratell Funeral Home, 200 Main St., Indian Orchard, Ma. The family invites you to join them on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. directly at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam for the Rites of Catholic Committal and US Army military honors for Mark. (please arrive promptly at the MA Veterans cemetery on Monday by 9:45 a.m. for services). Donations in Marks’ memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or Soldier On, 290 Merrill Road Pittsfield, MA 01201, a project to aid homeless veterans.
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