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Mark Vinson

Mark A. "Spud" Vinson, age 52, of Chamois passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Mark was born January 11, 1962 in Keokuk, IA to Edward and Bernice (Caldwell) Vinson. He was a 1980 graduate of Keokuk High School.

Mark was united in marriage to Janet "Jan" Woods in Belle on May 30, 1981.

Mark worked many years for the Missouri Army National Guard ending with a position as a Senior Intelligence Analyst. He began his military career in the Naval Reserves and then transferred to the Missouri Army National Guard. His military career spanned over 19 years and included two year-long deployments in service to our country.

Mark was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Jefferson City. He was an anointed drummer actively involved in worship. He also enjoyed being a Royal Ranger commander at Linn Family Worship Center.

Mark loved music, especially playing his drums. Another hobby he enjoyed was tending his goats. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a man who loved and honored God in everything he did.

Mark is survived by: his wife of 32 years; his mother of Keokuk, IA; one daughter, Heather and Charles Lewis of Lake Sherwood; three brothers, Ed and Judy Vinson of Venice, FL, Terry and Darla Vinson of Keokuk, IA and David Vinson of Keokuk, IA; five sister-in-laws, Sandy and Don McLeland of Milford, IA, Brenda and Cliff Bennett of Holts Summit, Wanda and Mike Sadler of Belle, Elsie and Terry Sadler of Linn and Anita Buddemeyer of Bland as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, his father-in-law, Lee Woods and his mother-in-law, Darlene Woods.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Calvary Assembly of God, 704 Rock Hill Road in Jefferson City.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the church with Rev. Jeff Higbie officiating.

Interment with full military honors will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Waynesville.

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Janet, I was so sorry to hear of your loss and wanted you to know I'm thinking of you. You and your family are in my prayers. Carol (Nie) Withouse

Carol Withouse May 27 2014 12:00 AM

Janet & Heather, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mark. He was always a true and honest gentleman. His many talents are a wonderful testament of God's work. We will miss his funny sense of humor and contagious smile. May he rest in peace with Jesus.

Annette Tomczak May 20 2014 12:00 AM

Mark will truly be missed at the National Guard. He was a professional soldier who gave his all. Co-workers liked Mark and looked up to him. He was also a personal friend of mine and I miss him dearly. Jan, if there is anything I or the guard family can help you with please call me. Cyndi

Cyndi May 20 2014 12:00 AM

Jan and family, you have my prayers for comfort and peace that will pass all understanding. I will never forget the look on my granddaughter's face when Mark allowed her to play his drums on the 4th of July weekend up by the Mansion. She could hardly believe he let her play. Mark leaves a legacy of love for God, family and his fellow man. This is only a temporary parting because one day we will all be able to bow at Jesus' feet in praise together. I love you all!

Renee & Kevin Clardy May 20 2014 12:00 AM

Yet another patriot of God's army called home. I'll miss Mark. I had the distinct pleasure of leading worship with him in Kuwait from 2012-2013. The most talented drummer I've ever met. Truly an annoited soul. Christ's light shone bright through Mark. He's a man I never knew to have a bad day. Learned alot from him. I'll never forget our weekly jam sessions blowing out the walls of a desert chapel. Mark brought much more comfort to me in my own time of need that he ever knew. Looking forward to our music together in the Kingdom of God. I miss you man. Damn I bet it's beautiful where you are. You win.

Chad Clifford May 19 2014 12:00 AM

We love you Uncle Mark!

Brandi Allison May 19 2014 12:00 AM