|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1959|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 2011, France|
H/0 Deborah Lane (Ebert) Cragle (14 Apr 1959 - 15 Mar 1991- Soc. Sec. Records)
This obituary is from the Saturday, October 29, 2011 edition of the Press Enterprise.
Mark A. Cragle
Dedicated missionary served around the world
Mark A. Cragle, 52, of Upper Askam, unexpectedly went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, while on a mission trip in France.
He was born Nov. 2, 1958, in Nanticoke, a son of the late Arthur H. Cragle and Doris Ryman Cragle. His beloved wife, the former Deborah Lane Ebert, preceded him in death by 20 years and he continued to miss her every day. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Allen.
He is survived by his only son, Kevin Cragle, Askam; sisters: Eileen Lewis, Shickshinny; Diane Belinsky, Shickshinny; Darlene Cragle, Sweet Valley; nieces and nephews: Preston Lewis; Heather Carr; Shannon Lewis; and April Belinsky; great-nieces and nephews: Preston Lewis II; Glenn Carr Jr.; Zachary Carr; and Alicia Carr; as well as aunts: Amber Goodbred, Mayo, Fla.; Rita Wenner, Wapwallopen; and Evelyn Smith, Pond Hill.
He attended Reyburn Bible Church, Shickshinny, for many years and enjoyed involvement at other churches as well.
Mark graduated from Northwest Area High School, Class of 1977, and was affectionately nicknamed "Doc" by his classmates. He served as manager of the boys' basketball team throughout his high school years and had fun doing so. He graduated from Penn State University in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. As a self-employed HVAC specialist, he always had time to help anyone in need and had a true servant's heart.
Mark was passionate for the Lord and in 2001, he took his first mission trip to France to assist Word of Life (WOL) in the remodeling of several buildings at their youth camp and retreat center. What he thought would be a "once in a lifetime" trip became his mission for the next 10 years. He fell in love with this ministry and with what God was doing around the world. His involvement with WOL and with Good News Mission Team, took him not only to France but to the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, South Korea and other locations as well. He became a "Missionary Plumber: and used his abilities behind the scenes to make an eternal difference in the lives of so many.
He was on his 25th mission trip at the time of his passing and enjoyed celebrating the 10th year anniversary of his first trip with the WOL staff on Oct. 8. He was doing what he loved to do.
Mark's life was centered on loving God and serving others. He was on a mission to spread the gospel and to give of himself for others. He lived according to his favorite quote: "There is but one life to live, only what's done for Christ will last." He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who have been touched by his example.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, from the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home, Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, with the Rev. C. Glenn Neely officiating.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 9 to 11 a.m. on the day of the funeral.
Interment will be in Sorber Cemetery, Trailing Pine Road, Shickshinny.
Donations in Mark's name may be made to the Word of Life France, Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870 or to the Reyburn Bible Church, c/o Mary Jo Belles, 109 Reyburn Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.
Deborah Ebert Cragle (1959 - 1991)
Created by: Rich Stackhouse
Record added: Oct 29, 2011
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