Mark Ronald Link

May 17, 1971 ~ August 13, 2021 (age 50)


Mark Ronald Link, 50, born May 17, 1971 to Ronald and Melissa (Wiley) Link of Ottawa, did not survive an August 12, 2021 car accident in Arizona, leaving behind his cherished daughter, Sydney Link.

Survivors also include his parents; his sisters, Michelle Link (Jeff) Porro, Marcie Link (BJ Grabow) Connor; a stepson, Brandon Thompson; his nephews, Michael Porro, Zachary Porro, and Aiden Connor. Also, his uncle Don (Carol) Link of Ottawa and his aunts, Florann Harms of Colorado and Lynn Jones of Nebraska as well as many cousins. 

Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gertrude and Harold Wiley and paternal grandparents, Martha Link and Philip Link, Sr.; his aunt Dorothy Moore; and uncles, Phil, Rich, and Bill Link, and Norvin Wiley.

Mark was a union pipefitter with Local 597. He enjoyed riding his Harley, watching movies, listening to heavy metal music, having a laugh and drinks with friends and spending time in his garage. Activities he loved doing with his daughter Sydney include riding bicycles, going to amusement parks, watching scary movies, eating at Portillo's and baking chocolate chip cookies. The two of them spent many happy times together.

Everyone who knew and loved Mark will remember and miss his warm heart, quick smile and especially his infectious laugh. It made everyone smile and laugh along with him. He will be missed tremendously.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Hendrix, Jeff Porro, BJ Grabow, Brandon Thompson, Michael Porro, Zachary Porro, and Aiden Connor.

Please consider writing a happy or funny memory of Mark to give to his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Ronald and Melissa Link to help further Sydney's education. They can be sent to the family in care of the Ottawa Funeral Home. 

A private ceremony will be held with mandatory masking and social distancing due to the pandemic. Pastor Colleen Lawrence, First Congregational Church of Marseilles, will be officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ottawa Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

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