Albert J. “Al” Marks, 82, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away Jan. 21, 2019, at home. A Navy veteran, Al served on the U.S.S. Vesuvius, an ammunition ship, and the U.S.S. Delta, a submarine tender, on several Pacific Far East cruises.
After his Naval service, Al met Mary Koenig of St. Louis, Mo., and they were married in November 1963. They were married 55 years at the time of his passing.
His professional career began as a diesel mechanic and culminated as the Regional Service Manager, Midwest Region, for Freightliner Trucks Corp., including various positions with the company in Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Kansas.
A lifelong fishing enthusiast, Al retired from Freightliner in December 1999, and moved to a lake house in Bella Vista, Ark., to pursue his passion while hosting many visits from his children and grandchildren.
A longtime Mercedes-Benz enthusiast, Al was the proud owner of a 1966 SL230 Roadster, as well as many other more contemporary Mercedes products over the years.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Al is survived by his wife Mary; his sister, Betty, and her husband; his children, John (Christina); Angela (Charlie), and Joseph (Amy); and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lee’s Summit, Mo., on Friday, Jan. 25, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to unbound.org or the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo., https://mvc.dps.mo.gov/cemeteries/higginsville.php in honor of Albert J. Marks.
Mary and family,
We offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Al. I know he will be greatly missed by a loving family. He was a good friend and associate and I have missed him over the years. I will always cherish the memories of our fishing trips to Lake of the Woods with his dad and John. Our trip to Hells Canyon and the Snake River will always be a special memory.
We will keep Al and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless and keep you,
Chuck and Mary Wentz
I went thru engine classes with Al at Freightliner and he was always a high spot in any of the classes. He took his job seriously but always made us smile at his attitude towards authority. I took my first “C” Series Cummins Engine class with Al and he put our business cards inside the cylinder head we had removed with a note on them for the next class—–engines were static and never started “If you need help getting this engine back together call Us”.
We were saddened to learn about Al’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Having worked at Freightliner with Al over the years we shared many laughs and frustrations together.
Al will truly be missed.
Mary, I am so sorry to her of Al’s passing. As the regional service manager in the northeast Al and I shared so many great memories. We really had fun working together and I will never forget him.
I never worked FOR Al but, I always looked forward to seeing him. As soon as I seen him started to smile.. I never new what he would say but, I new it would make me laugh. I enjoyed dinning with him and his stories.. When he spoke his speaking delivery, the slow way of talking is something that still makes me smile…. Thanks Al for all the memories..
I still miss you..
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of our shipmate, who served on the USS Vesuvius AE15.
You will be missed by your shipmates but you can now rest in peace with
the satisfaction of a job well done.
We wish you fair winds and following seas on your last and final voyage.
Bob Smith Coordinator for the AE15 USS Vesuvius Group of the AE/AOE Sailors Assn.
AE15 Web Site: http://www.freewebs.com/vesuvius/