Mark E. Newell, 61, of rural Sparland, died on March 28, 2020 at OSF Saint Francis in Peoria. Born in Peoria on December 7, 1958 to the late George E. and Virginia Kimble Newell, he married Brenda Herridge on August 8, 1987 in La Prairie.
As a third-generation farmer farmer, Mark loved collecting John Deere tractors and gardening, developing many tools and tricks to garden from his chair. He was an Ambassador for AgrAbility, talking and helping other disabled farmers to innovate and adapt to their situations. Family and the dogs were two of the most important things to him. He was also a member of the Illinois Valley Two Cylinder Club.
Mark is survived by his wife of over 30 years Brenda, son Blake and brother Gary Newell all of Sparland, in-laws William Herridge Jr. of Lacon & Marsha Weld of Dunlap. and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
A drive-through visitation will be held on April 1 from 3 PM to 6 PM at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Stay in your car, the family will be available on drive as you pass through. Please enter the drive from the Ida Street entrance (east side). A private family graveside service will be held later at the La Prairie Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Lacon Sparland Fire Department and online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com
DRIVE THRU Visitation "ENTER OFF IDA STREET"
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
Lenz Memorial Home
823 Fifth Street
Lacon, IL 61540
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