Mark Stephen Parrigon, age 54, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, after a long illness. He was born in Monett, Missouri, on April 3, 1954, to Leo and Joyce (Williams) Parrigon. He graduated from McAuley High School in 1973. After graduation, he worked at Hydro Aluminum, formerly Wells Aluminum, for 24 years, at both the Monett and Cassville plants. He has worked the past 11 years at Schreiber Foods in Monett.
Mark is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Lonnie Pease, of Muskegon, Michigan, and Kristi and Russ Hedrick, of Pierce City; two granddaughters, Emily, of Pierce City, and Chloe, of Muskegon, Michigan; his parents, Joyce and Leo Parrigon, of Pierce City; seven brothers: Larry and Patty Parrigon, Dale and Bonnie Parrigon, Neil and Bobbi Parrigon, Vincent Parrigon, Wendell and Sherryl Parrigon, Kevin and Samatha Parrigon, of Pierce City, and Tom Parrigon, of Monett. He is also survived by three sisters: Maria and Mike Logan, of Republic, Charlotte and Doug Sloan, of Pierce City, and Melissa and Randy Ballay, of Monett. Mark is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Andy and Darlene Parrigon, Carrie and Andy Hogenmiller, Lee Parrigon, Jill and Nate Schneider, Bret Parrigon, Chelsea, Kacie, Noah, and Cole Parrigon, Ebony Parrigon, Megan and Lee Jones, Michael Sloan, Laney Parrigon, Riley, Travis, Aniesa, and Mollie Parrigon, Monica, Jacqueline, and Karsyn Ballay, Kalem and Garret Parrigon. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Brian, his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandparents.
Mark was an avid fisherman. He lived part time on Grand Lake, enjoying his boat. He also loved to hunt. He built a "deer mansion," which was basically an outdoor building on stilts, which he could stay in while hunting.
Mark was also a wonderful story teller. He was the inventor of "The Macaroni Monster," a character he mentioned in his stories to small children.
Mark had a favorite motto" "You can either laugh or cry about it. You might as well laugh."
The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Ellis and staff of the 6th floor of the Hulston Cancer Center and the Community Hospice for the extraordinary care during Mark's illness. The family also wishes to thank Mark's lake family from Grand Lake. Donations can be made to Community Hospice and to Hulston Cancer Center.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2009, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. following visitation. A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. March 23, 2009, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pierce City, Mo., with graveside services to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.