Mark J. Ruegemer, age 37 of Villard, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at his home near Villard.

A Requiem Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Long Prairie with Fr. Isaac Delmanowski officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Mark James Ruegemer was born Oct. 19, 1983, in Alexandria to Timothy and Marion (Thieschafer) Ruegemer. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 2003, and from Alexandria Technical College for carpentry in 2005. Mark worked for Thieschafer Construction and for J. Wiener Construction before becoming part owner of J & M Construction in 2006. He was united in marriage to Deidre Gergen on Sept. 29, 2007 at St. John Vianney Church in Long Prairie. Mark began farming with his parents on the family dairy farm while continuing to work in construction.

He was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Long Prairie and was township supervisor since 2011.  Mark enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, camping and demolition derbies, and loved spending time with his family, especially with his children.

Survivors include his wife, Deidre Ruegemer of Villard; children, Mariah, Aubrie, Carter, Alayna, Liam, Grahm, and Hadley; parents, Timothy and Marion Ruegemer of Villard; grandfather, Robert (Gen) Thieschafer of Long Prairie; brothers and sisters, Steve (Michelle) Ruegemer of Sauk Centre, Becky (Glen) Christen of Sauk Centre, Sandra (Chris) Greene of Maple Grove, Nick (Jen) Ruegemer of Sauk Centre, and Brian (Naomi) Ruegemer of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews.

Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sylvester and Rose Mary Ruegemer, and Erma Thieschafer; and sister-in-law, Deanna Smith.

Serving as casket bearers were Steve Ruegemer, Nick Ruegemer, Brian Ruegemer, Glen Christen, Chris Greene, Tim Roers, Dom Gergen and Dan Gergen.  Cross bearer was Alexandra Christen.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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