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Mark Ewing

January 19, 2021
Plainwell, MI




Ewing, Mark 12/3/1956 - 1/19/2021 Plainwell, Michigan Mark Vernon Ewing, 64, of Plainwell, Michigan, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was born December 3, 1956, in Terrell, Texas, to Jesse Ralph Ewing and Frances Roach Ewing. He is survived by his loving wife Susan (Vander Ploeg) Ewing, whom he married on June 19, 1999.

Also, surviving are his mother, Frances Ewing, daughter, Christine (Mike) Badenhop; stepchildren Cody (Andrea) Link, Jessica (Ryan) Schoolmaster and Joshua (Lisa) Link; grandchildren, Katie and Abby Badenhop, Kaylee and Autumn Link, Jacob and Parker Schoolmaster and McKenzie Link; three sisters Melendy (Jim) Lovett, Marcy (Todd) Van Galen and Molly (Ed) Green; many brothers and sisters in-laws, and nieces and nephews. Mark's father, Jesse Ralph Ewing, preceded him in death.

Mark was fearless and enjoyed many outdoor activities, but his biggest passion was downhill skiing which he started in his 40s. He loved traveling to experience different ski resorts, especially those with "more vertical."

Mark and Sue bought a home on Lake Doster in 2014 and spent two years making it their home. The 'Retreat' became a gathering spot and Mark loved spending time with family and friends enjoying music, dancing, boating, grilling, drinking wine (and microbrews) and enjoying an occasional cigar! Mark always made sure that any visitors to the Retreat didn't feel like visitors for long-his humor and generous, warm spirit made everyone feel welcome. And that was true not only at home, but everywhere he went-Mark was the life of the party, a friend to all, and could cut a rug like no one else.

Mark spent the majority of his career in the packaging industry. He has influenced and mentored an entire generation of packaging sales professionals over the past 30 years with Paxall, Belcor, Wexxar, Pearson, JLS Braveheart Strategies and Shurtape. His dynamic personality, keen strategic mind and ability to find and sell value was unrivaled. In true Mark fashion, he donated his body to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine for education and research so that he could continue fighting against cancer.

At Mark's request, a funeral will not be held and a celebration of life (party) is being planned for July 2021. A packaging industry memorial scholarship fund in Mark's name is being planned and details will be shared via social media on how to contribute. Donations can also be made to the American Cancer Society.