Mark Lindsey Laudeman, 62, of Lakeville, Indiana died in his home embraced by his wife and two daughters on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. His death ended a nearly five-year battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare liver cancer.
Mark is survived by his high school sweetheart wife of 38 years, Joan Hippensteel Laudeman and his daughters, Marie Laudeman and Emily (Jake) Ezell. Mark will be remembered by his sister Dana (Rick) Wood of Howell, MI., and missed by extended family members which included 12 nieces and nephews.
Mark was born in Bremen, Indiana to Judith Lee Schmitt and James Ellwood Laudeman. He was a graduate of Bremen High School and earned bachelor’s degrees in Business and Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington and a MBA from Oregon State University.
Mark understood, appreciated, and participated in the hard work ethic. Mark began his career in banking. Locally he worked for National Bank, Crowe-Chizek, and Moody’s. Due to the diagnosis of his illness, he retired after five years at RiskMatrix, a subsidiary of Moody’s located in Larnaca, Cyprus. He was a consultant for the rating system RiskAnalyst and often worked in the Middle East.
Mark’s number one love and top priority was his family. Marie and Emily always felt the support of their father no matter their choices and endeavors. Son-in-law Jake soon felt this support and love.
Music was Mark’s second love. He had 14,000 songs on his iTunes playlist. Being a gifted writer, lyricist, and poet, he was both influential and inspiring to family and friends.
Mark was an avid runner. He loved Hoosier basketball. He was a lifelong Cubs fan. Mark and Joan loved to travel and experience new cultures. Embracing diversity not only satisfied their love of learning, but helped them develop a better understanding and appreciation of peoples’ differences.
A graveside memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Porter Rea Cemetery within Potato Creek State Park
A meal will be served at Whispering Winds West picnic shelter with a dance party to follow. Mark requested that the family gather and have fun like always.
Memorial gifts can be contributed to the following organizations: Heifer International, Friends of Potato Creek State Park, The Cleveland Orchestra, or Friends of the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Mark can best be described as one of the good guys. He loved the smell of fresh mown hay, and he believed that LOVE ALWAYS WINS!