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Mark Owen Andersen, 64, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in the loving care of his wife.
Mark was born in Detroit on June 29, 1952 to Norman and Katherine (Leitermann) Anderson. On March 20, 2002 in China he married his loving wife Shuyun Zhou Andersen, who survives.
Mark was a third-generation carpenter, who enjoyed working with wood, just like his father and grandfather before him. His father taught him his craft, and Mark became very well known, and admired for his work. He was a proud member of the Carpenters Union Local 202 of Northern Michigan. Being a licensed contractor, he was able to use his skills while enjoying his passion for travel.
Beginning in the mid 1980's he began working on many international construction projects which took him all over the world. He acquired high security clearances which made him a highly sought after contractor to work on several international U.S. Embassy, and US government projects.
In August of 1989, Mark received the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States in recognition of his valuable contributions to exploration and scientific achievement by overseeing the construction of a research station there.
To look at stamps on his passports, one can only imagine the diversity of places and people he has met and worked with over the course of his life. His work has taken him to the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Djibouti, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Egypt, Amsterdam, China and South America to name a few. He was liked and admired by all, and loved to chat about his many experiences and adventures.
Mark is survived by his wife of fourteen years, Shuyun and a brother, Eric Anderson of Traverse City.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 South Maple Street in Traverse City. The funeral service will start at the church at 2 p.m. Burial in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens will follow the service. Reverend Robert Zagore will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Andersen family at www.martinson.info
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on March 22, 2017
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