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Mark Wesley Schannen

July 9, 1976 ~ June 30, 2019 (age 42)

Mark Wesley Schannen, 42, of Van Wert died Sunday evening, June 30, 2019 at his residence. He was born July 9, 1976 in Angola, Indiana to the late Robert H., Jr and Nancy (Hindman) Schannen. On October 6, 2012 he married the former Tara Rowe and she survives in Van Wert with their two children, Niall (5) and Madeline (4); and their dog, Scarlet.

Mark was a test engineer at BRC Rubber & Plastics in Ft Wayne. He enjoyed online gaming, going to the Game Annex in Ft Wayne, Comic-Con, and was an avid Lego collector, particularly Star Wars collections. He was a devoted son to his mother during the last years of her life, a wonderful husband who had a knack for being highly inappropriate in serious situations, but always supported and fiercely protected Tara, but most importantly he was a wonderful father to Niall and Madeline. Whether it was taking them to the zoo, the park, getting them ready for school every morning or always making sure everyone ate dinner together every night, Mark and Tara made sure being a family was most important.

In addition to Tara, Niall, Madeline and Scarlet, Mark is also survived by four sisters, Lisa (Herb) Clark and Stephaine (Dave) Ryan, both of Angola, Indiana, Ann (Pete) Maugherman of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Katie Schannen of San Juan Capistrano, California; and a sister in law, Stacy.

Mark was also preceded in death by a brother, Steve Schannen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, Ohio.

Visitation will be held fro 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, July 5, 2019 and from 10:00-11:00 AM on Saturday, both at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Tara, for Niall's and Madeline's college 529 plan.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

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